Posted by News Express | 21 July 2015 | 2,899 times
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has vowed to bring perpetrators of human rights violation in the country to justice.
The Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Professor Bem Angwe, read the riot act on Monday at a gathering with officials of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The declaration is part of measures to curb the number of women and children becoming widows and orphans as a result of the activities of insurgents, which is becoming worrisome to the NHRC.
Professor Angwe identified the activities of insurgents as a major challenge in the protection of human rights but promised that the commission would not allow human rights violators to further worsen the situation.
He appealed to women and victims of domestic violence to stop shielding perpetrators, stating NHRC’s determination to bring such perpetrators to justice.
Angwe further urged the Federal Government to establish a social security scheme that would see to the needs of rape victims and persons whose rights and dignity had been violated.
Taking up the challenge, President of the NCWS, Nkechi Okemili-Mba, pledged to sensitise women on their rights and the need to protect them.
There are about 200 daily reports of cases of human rights violation.
Participants at the event believed that victims of all forms of rights violation would heave a sigh of relief if the NHRC truly matches words with actions. (Channels TV)
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