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A Tale of Two Sacred Trusts: Namibia and Palestine

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Kader Asmal is be best remembered for his tireless dedication to the advancement of democracy and human rights in South Africa. But during his long sojourn in exile he espoused other liberation causes, particularly those of Namibia and Palestine. In the 1971 Advisory Opinion on Namibia the International Court of Justice stressed that the concepts embodied in Article 22 of the League Covenant, such as the "sacred trust" and the concern for the "well-being and development" of the peoples concerned, were evolutionary and not static, with the result that they are to be interpreted to take account of subsequent changes to the law "through the Charter of the United Nations and customary international law". Palestine is a member of the League of Arab States. In 2011 Palestine was admitted to membership of UNESCO, by a vote of 107 to 14 with 52 abstentions.

Keywords: human rights in South Africa; Kader Asmal; Namibia; Palestine



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