Mr. Ayo Omowu Head of Media, representing the NANTS President at the NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, Abuja Branch (UNITY BAR) on the 2019 HUMAN RIGHTS SUMMIT with the theme: “The State of Human Rights in Nigeria”
Annually, the 10th day of December is celebrated across the world as Human Rights Day – the day the United Nations General Assembly, in 1948, adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, birth or other status equally have the right to be treated with dignity, fairness and respect.
The UDHR was the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the United Nations.
Human Rights is a very broad yet delicate topic. The backbone of the freedom to life and dignity is by upholding the Rule of Law and Human Rights. The rule of law is therefore the vehicle for the promotion and protection of the common man. It provides a structure through which the exercise of power is subjected to agreed rules, guaranteeing the protection of all human rights.
Human Rights Day also marks the end of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence which commenced on the 25th of November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) with the theme “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape!
Although the world theme for this year’s Human Rights Day is ” Youth Standing Up for Human Rights”, the Unity Bar decided to deviate a little to examine the actual state of human rights in Nigeria mindful of the global expectation and duty on the Nigerian government to ensure that its citizens enjoy these inherent inalienable requirement of human existence as stipulated in Chapter IV of Nigeria constitution.