During an event to mark World Human Rights Day, on Thursday 10th December 2019, the Director, Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (HRCR) Center, Ebonyi State, George Etamesor challenged the youths to join the fight against the abuse of human rights.
He made the appeal while addressing newsmen in Abakaliki during an event to mark world Human Rights Day, since the society is faced with different forms of abuses, he challenges the youths to stand up for the defence of the people’s right.
Speaking on the theme of the year, “Youth Stand for Human Rights” the state Director noted that the only way to curtail the increase cases of human right abuse would be for the youth to employ civil means to advocate various ways people can protect their right and handle same when it is abused.
He pointed out that while they don’t encourage rascality, that the youth could take advantage of their office and other Non Governmental Organizations championing the course to address every form of abuses within their area.
The state Director encourages Nigeria youth not to be deterred with some human right cases that had faced stiff neck in addressing them but see such as more reasons why they are most suitable to effect positive change to the society, stressing that youth remains the most vulnerable in cases of abuse of right.
He advised them to employ civil means while carrying out their functions by liaising with various security agents and other agencies to ensure the group achieve its mandate and make the society a better one.
He, however, lamented over the increase cases of abuse of right to life, cases of arbitrary arrest and other common vices in the state which he urged the people to always report their case to appropriate authority and other human right agencies to ensure justice is given to them.
The State Coordinator, Child Protection Network (CPN), Chief Flora Egwu called youth to imbibe the spirit of patience while pursuing their career, noting that selfless lifestyle remains a virtue to achieving peaceful and happy society.
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She urged them to eschew selfishness while they engage in daily activities to give others their right, stressing that being the instrument prone to use by politicians should rise against violent of all forms.
The state Coordinator advised parents to take their place in various families, noting that most of them focused on their business and abandoned their core responsibilities by ensuring they grow in fear and admonishing of the Lord.
She blamed risen cases of dwindling right attitudes in the society on parents who attached more value to wealth than their children, as well as teachers who encourage examination malpractices as a way to exploit their students.
Chief Egwu charged the people to join in the fight against child abuses, especially the parents to always report cases of abuse.
She frowned that most cases had been withdrawn in the course of fighting to get Justice for those involved, which she said does not help the victim child.
The State Chairman, Human Right Defenders of Nigeria, Com. Samson Oko Nweke lamented that many people are currently suffering different forms of abuse as a result of ignorance and advised abuse victims to employ whistleblower technique for safety while they report their case.
Meanwhile, the State Coordinator, National Human Right Commission, Com. Okorie Christopher Onyekachi, who spoke on behalf of Executive National Secretary, Mr. Tony Ojukwu Esq. noted that the event was marked as to commemorate those killed during the pre-world war who many suffered humiliation, stating that the time has come when youth are to take their place in societal development.
He condemned the erroneous perception shared by many who see Activists as trouble makers, stressing that until youth joins in propagating human right course, things would continue going wrong, considering their place in the society.