Students Staff

6 February 2015

Essex presence at Magna Carta conference

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Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury

Essex graduate Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was one of those participating in the Magna Carta event

Essex alumni have played a key role in an international conference marking the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Opened by Essex graduate and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow MP, the four-day Human Rights in the Modern Day Commonwealth: Magna Carta to Commonwealth Charter conference brought together parliamentarians, experts and academics.

One event focusing on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights featured an all-Essex panel: Chair of our Human Rights Centre Professor Sir Nigel Rodley was joined by Essex Honorary Graduate and former member of staff Baroness Onora O’Neill, and Dr Corinne Lennox who graduated in 2000 with an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights.

Participants also included Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, the first female Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament, who graduated from Essex in 2000 with a PhD and picked up an Honorary Degree last year.

The conference was hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK at the Houses of Parliament. The programme included the practical and social understanding of rights and freedoms, protection of women and girls, FGM, the death penalty, equality, LGBT rights, freedom of speech and a free press, terrorism and the right to a fair trial.

 

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6 December 2013

Tributes to Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel at our Colchester Campus

Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel at our Colchester Campus

Many staff and alumni will vividly remember the day that former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday, visited our Colchester Campus.

Mr Mandela visited the University in July 1997 to accompany Graça Machel, who subsequently became his wife, and who was awarded an Honorary Degree in recognition of her work with the UN on children’s rights.

The Chair of the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre Professor Sir Nigel Rodley met Mr Mandela during his visit and has paid tribute to him on our news pages. Sir Nigel described Mr Mandela as “the moral giant who could bring true reconciliation to a country that had been so cruelly and arbitrarily divided.”

Expert on South Africa in the twentieth century, Dr Jeremy Krikler from our Department of History has also commented on Mr Mandela’s legacy in our online tribute.

You can also share your memories by commenting below.

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