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Activists and lawyers gathered in Lagos to seek inclusion of civic rights in school curriculum

Activists and legal professionals have gathered in Lagos for the primary Human Rights Week.

It was organised by Crime Victims Foundation of Nigeria (CRIVIFON) and Human Rights Education Centre (HUREAC) on the Nigeria Customs Christian Fellowship (Chapel Hall) Training College, Ikeja.

The theme was “Creating awareness of human rights and The rights of victims of crime in a democracy”.

Aside from rights, it had in attendance labour leaders, senior cops and neighborhood leaders.

Guest lecturer and activist, Louis Alozie (SAN) in his paper, “How hunan rights education can help the civilians to participate fully in democratic governance”, stated civic rights must be emphasised and included within the fundamental faculty curriculum to tertiary establishment stage.

He stated this might additional emphasise the rights of residents, thereby enabling them know what was due them and that, in flip, they’d positively give again to the society by following the decision- making course of.

Since electing the proper candidates is the bedrock of democracy, he argued that the place the proper candidate was elected, such an individual would assure the rights of the voters.

Alozie regretted that it was solely when elections have been forthcoming that political events reached out to residents, reminding them of their human rights by soliciting their votes for his or her {party}’s candidate.

He argued that creating rights consciousness must be common.

He stated: “Public participation signifies that residents ought to have the ability to work together with authorities on selections that have an effect on them. Democracy doesn’t finish with elections. The authorities makes hundreds of selections on every day foundation and want the enter of residents for correct route.

“Human rights training will make the residents know that they’ve a proper (and an obligation) to have a say on how the federal government does its work. Human rights training will even make residents conscious that they’ve a proper to know the way their tax is being spent.

“The advantage of committed public participation cannot be over-emphasised. It makes the government open and accountable for its actions, act on its promises (usually made in elections), such as political party manifestos, policy and budget speeches,” he stated.

He canvassed “continuous rights education and awareness through televisions, radios, social media, among others. The government should ensure that the rights of citizen as enshrined in Chapter 4 of our Constitution are made known and continuously advocated to enable the citizens to be conscious and aware of their rights”.

He said additional that rights training must be taught as nicely in non secular establishments to allow those that don’t have entry to media publication, and formal training to learn of their rights as residents of the nation in order that, in flip, they may take part totally in governance.

He described human proper as an necessary nationwide and international phenomenon, including: “This concept has been firmly entrenched in Nigerian law with the inclusion of Chapter IV as listed out from Sections 33 of 43 of the 1999 Constitution, on fundamental rights of citizens, African Charter on human and peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (cap 10) Laws of the federation of Nigeria 1990 (ACHPR) and Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)”.

He stated information of those rights would allow residents take part totally within the governing of the nation.

CRIVIFON Executive Director, Mrs Gloria Egbuji stated most Nigerians wouldn’t have grow to be victims of some crimes, particularly these dedicated in opposition to them by legislation enforcement officers, if they’ve information about their rights and how one can defend violations.

She stated it was in opposition to this background that the inspiration and HUREAC began the coaching of males and officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) in 2006, after it was found by means of analysis that the majority of them lack information of human rights, including {that a} complete of 19,000 officers have been skilled throughout varied police formations within the nation.

She disclosed additional that about 1,560 civilians had additionally been skilled in Lagos, Imo, Anambra and Enugu states on human rights and baby rights advocacy.

“As we educate the police on the rights of victims, suspects and witness, in addition they requested that civilians be skilled additionally to allow them demand their very own rights and, typically, interface them with the police to make clear points and share concepts.

“When people are educated on human rights, they will acquire the knowledge, values and proficiency of human rights of which the objective is to develop an acceptable human rights culture,” she stated.

According to her, “an important outcome of human rights education is empowerment, a process through which people and communities increase their control of their own lives and decision that affects them. The ultimate aim of human rights education is people working together to bring about human rights, justice and dignity for all”.

She stated as well as that training would help the total improvement of human persona and strengthening of respect for human rights and elementary freedom.

Egbuji referred to as for help for the police by the individuals, stressing that with out them and conventional rulers, it will be tough to practise neighborhood policing.

She urged the individuals to boost their voice and help the police for improved situation of service for them to have the ability to serve the general public higher.

Divisional Crime Officer, Mushin, Oyedele Oluwole, a Superintendent of Police, instructed stakeholders that the coaching helped him in discharging his duties.

Oluwole said, as an example, that at his station in Mushin, suspects have been charged to court docket inside 48 hours of arrest or launched on bail to dependable sureties.

SP Oyewole urged stakeholders to place what that they had learnt into observe. He expressed confidence that with the extent of on-going coaching of males and officers of the drive, society would quickly be freed from crime.

Baale of Ishenoluland, Odogunyan, Chief AbdulRahman Adekunle Disu, an awardee on the occasion, urged the human rights teams to arrange workplace in his area to cut back the impact on crimes on victims.

It was gathered that over 150 individuals obtained authorized recommendation on the NGOs’authorized clinic in Mushin and Somolu whereas many obtained rights training from legal professionals through the train.

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