By Ikenna Osuoha
Ms May Ikokwu, the Chief Executive Officer, Save Our Heritage Initiative (SOHI), has called for global feasibility and implementation of human rights for justice and peace.
She made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja in commemoration of the Human Rights Day, observed by the international community every year on Dec. 10 to commemorate the day in 1948 the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
The UDHD sets out broad range of fundamental rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled to.
It guarantees the rights of every individual everywhere, without distinction based on nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, language, or any other status.
The SOHI chief executive, therefore, said that the absence of equity could trigger violence, noting that respect for human rights was key in driving a society devoid of rancour, oppression, repressiveness and injustice.
She said “many of the crises in the world today are caused by insensitivity to the feelings or rights of one another.
“Eventually, the oppressed person who feels marginalised may begin to rebel in various ways as the only way to vent his or her anger.”
Ikokwu, who advocated equal rights for all, said that injustice and infringement into people’s rights were responsible for global unrest.
She emphasised the imperatives of respecting the rights of all, especially the vulnerable, women and children.
According to her, every person no matter the age, gender or class, has right to life, association, movement, speech and others and it is inhuman to censor that right no matter the provocation.
She particularly urged government to ensure equity and fairness in all situations and facilitate the implementation of human rights, which she said was fundamental in democratisation process. (NAN)