We need to know more about what is going on, but we know enough to be sure that the situation is absolutely desperatePillay raises concerns about war crimes Mar 16, 2009
We need to know more about what is going on but we know enough to be sure that the situation is absolutely desperateU.N.: Acts in Sri Lanka may be war crimes Mar 13, 2009
It is extremely disappointing that Hamas has now returned to the use of the death penaltyU.N. calls on Hamas to stop executions Apr 16, 2010
Navanethem Pillay (Tamil: நவநீதம் பிள்ளை, born 1941; also called Navi Pillay) is the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. A South African, she was the first non-white woman on the High Court of South Africa, and she has also served as a judge of the International Criminal Court and President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Her four-year term as High Commissioner for Human Rights began on 1 September 2008.
Pillay was born in 1941 in a poor neighbourhood of Durban, South Africa. She is of Tamil descent and her father was a bus driver. She married Gaby Pillay, a lawyer, in January 1965.
Supported by her local Indian community with donations, she graduated from the University of Natal with a BA in 1963 and an LLB in 1965. She later attended Harvard Law School, obtaining an LLM in 1982 and a Doctor of Juridical Science degree in 1988.