Wednesday, June 4, 2008

On June 4

On this day in ...
... 2008 (today), is marked by UNICEF (logo at right) and others as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression. It is intended to bring attention to the myriad ways that the world's children suffer -- not only
through domestic child abuse, but also through being exploited as child labourers or prostitutes, drafted as young teenagers into armed forces, forced as young girls into a lonely life as domestic workers, deprived of an education to work on the family farm, or denied adequate nutrition and health care ....

... 1999, Judge Navanethem Pillay (below left) was elected President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, on the final day of the ICTR's 6th plenary session. As detailed in a profile published in the International Judicial Monitor of the American Society of International Law and the International Judicial Academy, Pillay "is a product of apartheid South Africa," having been born in Natal in 1941, 1 of 4 daughters in a family headed by a bus driver. She was the 1st woman of color to start a law firm in her hometown. Judge Pillay now serves on the International Criminal Court.

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