Sunday 21 October 2018

Asmal - The man who kept the anti-Apartheid flame alive in Ireland

Mary Manning with Prof Kader Asmal at the unveiling of a plaque honouring the Dunnes strikers of the eighties
Mary Manning with Prof Kader Asmal at the unveiling of a plaque honouring the Dunnes strikers of the eighties

While Nelson Mandela languished on Robben Island it was Kader Asmal who kept the flame of the anti-Apartheid movement burning bright in Ireland.

Asmal who died on June 22, 2011, aged 76, taught law at Trinity for 27 years where he specialised in human rights, labour and international law, and it was during this time he founded and was leader of the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement.

Later he was a member of Nelson Mandela's first democratically elected government of South Africa.

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