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Navanethem Pillay: A Short Biography

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This chapter presents a short biography of Navanethem Pillay (Navi). Navi is renowned for her determination and inexhaustible energy in the fight against injustices. Navi commenced her legal career as an Attorney in Durban, South Africa. She opened her own law practice and became the first woman to do so in the province of Natal. During her twenty-eight years as an Attorney, Navi represented antiapartheid and human-rights activists, and trade unionists. Through these defence representations, Navi exposed the torture of political prisoners by the South African apartheid regime, as well as the poor conditions under which they were detained. Navi also represented a number of persons from the Unity Movement and the African National Congress who were charged for political activities under the Terrorism Act.

Keywords: biography; Navanethem Pillay (Navi); South Africa; Unity Movement



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