Prominent Zimbabwean human rights and pro-democracy activist, Archbishop Pius Ncube, will present a lecture on the political situation in Zimbabwe this Friday May 4 at UNSW.

Pius Ncube, the Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo, is a critical figure in Zimbabwe's civil rights movement and is an outspoken critic of President Robert Mugabe.

Archbishop Ncube has been brought to Australian by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to help raise awareness of the current political and social situation in Zimbabwe. He is speaking at UNSW as a guest of the Australian Human Rights Centre (AHRC).

"The Centre is extremely honoured to host Archbishop Ncube, a bold leader of Zimbabwe's embattled human rights movement," says AHRC director Associate Professor Andrea Durbach.

"All too often the world has failed to provide adequate and consistent support to African nations facing extreme human rights abuses. It is the courageous voices of people like Archbishop Ncube who make the extent of suffering in Zimbabwe visible to us all and offer us the opportunity to develop an urgent and appropriate response."

What: Archbishop Pius Ncube lecture on the political situation in ZimbabweWhen: 1pm, Friday 4 MayWhere: Seminar Room, Level 2, Law Building, UNSW Kensington campus

Media are welcome to attend the lecture and Archbishop Ncube may have some time for interviews at the conclusion of the lecture. Please register your interest.

Media Contact: Victoria Collins, UNSW Media Office, tel. 02 9385 3263, 0412 980 044 or