From Fakir HassenJohannesburg, Mar 22 (PTI) An Indo-Canadian specialist oncross cultural family mediation will be honoured with the prestigious Gandhi King Ikeda Award for Peace at a ceremony inthe US for promoting peace and human rights education.
Dr Mohamed Keshavjee, a South Africa-born specialist willbe conferred the award in Atlanta on April 5 at the 2016edition of the Annual Peace Fair and Interfaith Assemblyhosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.
Keshavjee will make a keynote address that will highlightthe roles of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and NelsonMandela at the event commemorating the 48th death anniversaryof Dr King.
His address is entitled ‘Gandhi, King and Mandela-Precursors to Transformative Mediation in the twentiethCentury’.
“Dr Mohamed Keshavjee will be honoured with the GandhiKing Ikeda Award for Peace in recognition of his ongoingdedication to emphasing the role that cosmopolitan ethics andtransformative mediation play in promoting peace and humanrights education,” the organisers said in a statement.
“The Award signifies the values practiced and preached byMohandas K Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Martin Luther King Jr and DrDaisaku Ikeda, celebrating the three great leaders’ commitmentto humanitarianism and non-violence,” it said.
“Keshavjee articulates and embodies the principles mostcharacteristic of these exemplars and his contributionsadvance the human capacity to realise Dr King’s vision of aworld distinguished by the dignity of nature with rights inthe order of the law,” said Dr Lawrence Edward Carter Sr, Deanof King Chapel.
Keshavjee has spent three decades working with thesecretariat of the Aga Khan in France on programmes aimed atimproving the quality of life of people in some of the poorestareas of the world through the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga KhanDevelopment Network.
Keshavjee’s recently published memoir ‘Into that Heavenof Freedom’ has been hailed in a number of countries whichlaunches in India and South Africa later this year.
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Dr Mohamed M. Keshavjee is a graduate of Queen’s University Canada and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. A lawyer by profession, he was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn London and Osgoode Hall in Canada. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is also an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, where he practised law for some years.
In 1980 he joined the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan at Aiglemont, France as an Information Officer serving the needs of the Institutions which today constitute the Aga Khan Development Network with a special focus on the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In that capacity, he has travelled to many Muslim countries including Yemen, Morocco, Turkey, Jordan, Indonesia, Pakistan and Egypt. He has also visited the People’s Republic of China and the ex Soviet Union.
In 2000, he did his LLM at London University in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Islamic Law, International Protection of Human Rights and Arab Comparative Commercial Law. In the same year he attended The Hague Academy of International Law in Holland for a summer programme in Public International Law.
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