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<RamoupiN@robben-island.org.za> Presentation of the "The Captive" Sculpture to Robben Island Museum National Women's Day - 9 August 2001 This year Robben Island Museum is celebrating National Women's Day with art. The High Commission of India, Cape Town Office will donate a sculpture, "The Captive" to Robben Island Museum. The presentation will take place at the Robben Island Museum Maximum Security Prison on 9 August 2001. The Sculpture "The Captive" "The Captive" was designed to highlight the United Nations' opposition to the apartheid regime and to renew its appeal to the South African Government for the release of Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners, and to speed up the process of negotiated settlement of the conflict of South Africa. The United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez Cuellar unveiled the sculpture on 16 July 1986, while inaugurating the Conference on Sanctions Against Racist South African Regime at the UNESCO House in Paris. It was later exhibited at the United Nations Trusteeship Council on the day of solidarity with Political Prisoners. The captivity of thousand of prisoners all over the world is synonymous with repression, which the United Nations has always striven to undo in all possible ways, where it exists or where it is launched. Thus "The Captive" is a worthy dedication to the reality of our times, where man has to undo repression and serve justice to one and all. The sculptor "Amar Nath Sehgal" Amar Nath Sehgal, a renowned artist, poet and sculptor from India, was born in 1922. He has earned a name for himself worldwide as an artist-crusader for tortured humanity and human rights through his sculpture, painting and poetry. Amar Nath Sehgal has distinguished himself as an artist-crusader for human rights motivated by that humane tradition that insists an artist not only be a witness to events of his time but also as a conscience-keeper. Secretary General Javier Pérez de Cuellar said: "...the work of Amar Nath Sehgal symbolizes a passionate and disinterested quest for social and human dignity which can only stir our admiration...." Sehgal has created sculptures, painting, sketches and poems on the themes of love, peace and human understanding. His work has been widely acclaimed in all continents.