The Sixth Conference of Commonwealth Jurists opened on Monday (18 August) in the Nigerian capital of Lagos.
GV & SV INT President Shehu Shagari of Nigeria speaking in English at National Arts Centre in Lagos. (6 SHOTS)
SHAGARI: I invite you to celebrate with me and my fellow citizens of the Commonwealth the return to legality and the restoration of the rule of law in Zimbabwe. The common heritage of law that binds the Commonwealth together, the fundamentals that cut across our various national cultures must be nurtured in the interests of democracy, human rights, international peace and progress. The survival of liberty must be universal and must apply to all men without discrimination. Although the apostles of racial bigotry In South Africa have long been expelled from the Commonwealth for perverting the law into a tool of racial oppression and injustice we cannot rest on our oars. We must continue to strive for fundamental change in South Africa. We must use the law to fight discrimination in any shape or form and ensure the progress of man to a state where universality to the rule of law can be obtained so that the human spirit can be truly liberated to participate without discrimination in the march of progress. Right now I have the pleasure to declare the Sixth Commonwealth Law Conference open.
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Background: The Sixth Conference of Commonwealth Jurists opened on Monday (18 August) in the Nigerian capital of Lagos. In the opening address, Nigerian President, Shehu Shagari, called for an end to racial suppression in South Africa.