CULTURE

Human Rights Day celebrated through writer George Bizos

This year, International Human Rights Day (December 10) is being marked by an event at the Foreign Ministry auditorium celebrating the publication in Greek of George Bizos’s book «No One to Blame?» by Cochlias Publications. Bizos is a personal friend of Nelson Mandela, acted as his legal counsel and made a considerable contribution to democracy in South Africa as well as helping to write the country’s new constitution. Bizos is a Greek who set up one of the most successful Greek schools abroad, with over 2,500 pupils, not only Greeks. He has been presented with many awards from the UN and other organizations, so it is high time he was honored in his country of birth. Bizos was born in Messinia and fled with his family to Alexandria, thence to South Africa at the age of 14, after the Germans invaded Greece during World War II. The event will be addressed by Foreign Minister George Papandreou and Deputy Minister Yiannis Magriotis, UN Deputy Secretary-General Sotiris Mousouris, Athens University Professor Giorgios Papadimitriou and Antonis Roubakiotis, president of the Athens Bar Association. Aspis Bank’s decision to launch the unusual product underscores the tough competition in the mortgage market. Spurred on by explosive credit growth, banks have attempted to outdo each other and grab a substantial share of the sector with one new product after another and at the same time have brought rates down to eurozone levels.