By: Hsu Mei-yu and Elaine Hou
Johannesburg, July 25 (CNA) Taiwan’s National Central University has decided to name a planet after Albie Sachs of South Africa, the winner of the first Tang Prize in Rule of Law.
On behalf of the university, Tang Prize Foundation CEO Chern Jenn-chuan (陳振川) delivered the certificate to Sachs on July 22.
In light of Sachs’ contribution to promoting democratic values, pluralism, social justice and human rights protection, the university said, it decided to name a planet it discovered in 2006 “175419 Albiesachs.”
Sachs, a lawyer and human rights activist who has spent much of his life fighting apartheid, helped write the new Constitution of South Africa and was appointed by late South African president Nelson Mandela in 1994 to serve as a justice of the Constitutional Court –a position he held until 2009. [FULL STORY]