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The 2011 London Hellenic Society Annual Lecture

Hellenism, Universal Rights and Apartheid

by Advocate George Bizos

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event info

Date

Wednesday, 5 October 2011  

Time

18:30 - 20:00

Venue

Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Chair

Professor Kevin Featherstone, Hellenic Observatory Director, LSE

George Bizos, an acclaimed human rights' advocate in South Africa - and one who defended Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Steve Biko, Govan Mbeki and many others as they were charged under the apartheid regime - gave the 2011 London Hellenic Society lecture at the LSE on 5 October.

George Bizos, an acclaimed human rights' advocate in South Africa - and one who defended Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Steve Biko, Govan Mbeki and many others as they were charged under the apartheid regime - gave the 2011 London Hellenic Society lecture at the LSE on 5 October.

His lecture was entitled, 'Hellenism, Universal Rights and Apartheid'. Mr. Bizos argued that the democratic spirit of Classical Athens continues to inspire our modern thinking on human rights. More particularly, recitals of Pericles' Funeral Oration or of Thucydides' references to the "general laws of humanity", and other texts, were used in South Africa to criticise the oppression of the regime. 

On Robben Island, Nelson Mandela and his fellow prisoners' would perform Sophocles' play, 'Antigone', and the rebellion of its central character against mis-rule.  Fortunately, his guards 'did not know what it was about'. Mr. Bizos concluded that Nelson Mandela was a true philhellene.

George Bizos gave also an interview to the HARDtalk Programme of BBC News.

 

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From left to right:
Mr Nikolaos Argyros (Deputy Head of Mission, Greek Embassy);
Prof Kevin Featherstone (Hellenic Observatory Director);
Mrs Katerina Sandis (Counselor, Greek Embassy);
Mr George C. Rodopoulos (President, London Hellenic Society);
Advocate George Bizos & his son Mr Kimon Bizos

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         Professor Kevin Featherstone (chair)                    Advocate George Bizos

 

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The audience      

 

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