The African Heritage Institution (Afri-Heritage) has advised media, Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to fight human rights abuses in the society.
The Executive Director of the institution, Prof. Ufo Okeke-Uzodike, said this on Thursday in Enugu, while briefing newsmen on the forthcoming ‘‘Big Idea Podium’’ conference of the institution.
Afri-Heritage is a political and socio-economic research and analytical institute.
Okeke-Uzodike noted that no country can achieve much development without having a sound human rights record.
He said that good human rights record follows positive economic and political developments.
“Development and peace only strive in a place or country with high positive human rights record; and not where there is violence, rancour and trampling of people’s human rights,’’ he said.
According to him, human rights abuse and impunity had become a serious issue in the country presently.
Okeke-Uzodike noted that the media, CSOs and NGOs must continually join and push for the right things to be done at all levels by the authorities.
“When your fundamental human rights are negated in any form, the government should protect you and right the wrong done to you, to create lasting peace and development in every circle or society,’’ he said.
On the up-coming ‘‘Big Idea Podium’’ conference on Thursday, May 16, he noted that the institution would invite academically sound resource persons to discuss human rights issues.
“The discussion will be centred on: “Human Rights and Democracy in Nigeria: Agenda for a New Era.”
‘‘Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, one of Nigeria’s eminent human rights advocates, scholar and activist, will be a lead discussant at the conference.
‘‘Others discussants are; Prof. Ogugua Ikepeze, Faculty of Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and Mr Chris Isiguzo, President, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ),’’ he said.