2010 Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture to Focus on Human Rights
The Central Bank of Barbados today announced that Irene Khan, an international expert on human rights and humanitarian issues, will deliver the 35th Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture at the Frank Collymore Hall on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
Khan, who is former Secretary-General of Amnesty International, will speak on the subject Why Freedom Matters: Challenges and Opportunities for Human Rights in the 21st Century.
This topic could not be more stimulating and timely, given the current debate in local circles about retention of capital punishment. Khan, an opponent of the death penalty, argues that it has no place in the 21st century.
“We are pleased to have this international humanitarian continue the distinguished lecture series. Her topic and the discussion should be very provocative. We invite you to join us at the 2010 lecture,” the Bank’s management commented.
Khan, the first woman, Asian and Muslim to head the world’s largest human rights organization, led Amnesty International through developments in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, resisting the backlash against human rights, broadening the work on economic and social rights and giving a strong focus to gender issues.
Prior to joining Amnesty International, Khan worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for 21 years at headquarters and in various field operations, including as Deputy Director of International Protection, Chief of Mission in India and Senior Legal Advisor in Asia.
Khan is currently a member of the Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in the United Kingdom (UK), Chancellor of Salford University (UK) and consulting editor of the Daily Star, the largest English daily newspaper in Bangladesh. She sits on the boards of a number of international organizations.
She studied law at the University of Manchester and Harvard Law School and
is the recipient of several honorary degrees and awards, including the Sydney Peace Prize. Her book, The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights was published in 2009 and has been translated into five languages.
The Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture is held every November in honour of the country’s first native Governor-General and in celebration of the country’s Independence.
Click here to see video tribute to Dr. Irene Khan