Posted by News Express | 20 December 2014 | 3,022 times
The leadership of the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has promised to release “two powerful and thunderous messages” tomorrow as part of its activities to mark the 2014 World Human Rights Declaration Anniversary.
The programme, to hold in Onitsha, Anambra State, is “in line with the United Nations’ 2014 slogan Human Rights 365,” Intersociety’s Board Chairman Emeka Umeagbalasi said in a statement, a copy of which was made available to News Express.
According to Umeagbalasi, “As rightly observed by the United Nations, this year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values. In the same vein, the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, has called on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights everyday of the year and people to hold their governments to account.”
Intersociety said it had observed as the world on Decemeber 10 marked the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that though all human rights are indivisible and indissoluble, yet the civil rights (right to life, dignity of human person, freedom of movement, personal liberty, etc) is the most endangered around the world particularly in Africa and middle east.
Continuing, the group said: “Holding governments to account over their compliance to, or breaches of human rights obligations, is a noble global call, but what about the unchecked atrocious conducts of armed opposition groups in the course of prosecution of intra-State wars? Of 64 active rebellions or intra-State wars raging around the world involving 591 militia-guerrillas and other anarchist groups, atrocity crimes committed by them far more outweigh those of constituted authorities or sitting governments.
“Sadly, while more attentions are paid to, and energies dissipated on constituted authorities or sitting governments in monitoring their gross rights abuses, little attentions are given to murderous or homicidal armed opposition groups’ hyper gross rights abuses around the world. There is a manifest partiality on the part of the UN and international systems in this regard. The international human rights groups/monitors are also not helping matters. They focus more on governments’ rights abuses than they focus on gross rights abuses by armed opposition groups. In the context of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 or Laws of War, an international impression is steadily created showing that they are not binding on armed opposition groups. Our firm take on these is that there should be balanced campaigns and punitive measures visited against both the sitting governments and armed opposition groups in matters of atrocity crimes and other gross rights abuses.
“Our referenced coming event contains two powerful and thunderous messages to the entire world and the Federation of Nigeria particularly as the latter prepares for its 2015 crucial general polls.”
•Photo shows Umeagbalasi.
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