Former US President's tribute to Professor Sir Nigel Rodley

  • Date

    Mon 6 Feb 17

Former US President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn in Ghana.

Former US President Jimmy Carter has joined the global human rights community in paying tribute to Professor Sir Nigel Rodley KBE, Chair of the University of Essex Human Rights Centre, who died at the age of 75.

President Carter knew Sir Nigel through his involvement with the Carter Center, which he founded in 1982 with his wife Rosalynn.

Paying tribute to Sir Nigel, President Carter said: “Rosalynn and I were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Nigel Rodley, a champion of human rights.

“Sir Nigel possessed a brilliant legal mind and was a committed advocate to the cause of universal human rights. He worked closely with The Carter Center for many years on key aspects of our human rights efforts, emphasizing the importance of helping the United Nations become a more effective champion for those whose rights are routinely violated by governments. Our prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

The Carter Center is a non-governmental organisation guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, The Carter Center seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.