Mixed Feelings Greet Human Rights Day In Nigeria

As the world all over commemorates Human Rights Day, mixed reactions have trailed the celebrations from prominent Nigerians.

The Human Rights Day commemorates the day the General Assembly of the UN adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UDHR is one of UN’s major achievements as well as the first enunciation of human rights across the world.

The day is used to celebrate all human inalienable rights and freedoms including a right to education, a decent living, health care and a right to live free from any form of discrimination among others.

Adopted on 10th December 1948, the Declaration stipulates universal values and a shared standard of achievement for everyone in every country. While the Declaration is not a binding document, it inspired over 60 human rights instruments that today make a common standard of human rights.

Also, the 2018 commemoration of Human Rights Day will mark the beginning of a year-long celebration of 70 years since the international community adopted the Declaration.

Reacting to the commemoration of the day, The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sani laments the prevailing human rights abuses in the country.

According to him, the disobedience of court orders and incessant arrests of critics of the ruling party among others are what Nigerians have been facing lately which is against the UN declaration of Human Rights.

The Senator said, “the prevailing human rights abuses here; Disobedience to Court orders, spate of arrests of critics, Use of hate speech to stifle free speech on social media, Brutalizations of protesters, violations of right to life, misuse of armed personnel during elections,Terrorism;”

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