Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Diplomatic youths calls for human rights protection

In Commemoration the International Day of Peace, the United Network of Youth for Peace and Diplomacy, UNYPD, in collaboration with IBI Foundation, has called on government at all levels to protect human rights of citizens.

The call was made at a public lecture on human rights with the theme; “A Pathway To Sustaining Peace In Nigeria.”

Co-founder, Mojisola Ogundiran, UNYPD, noted that the human rights of Nigerians are the inalienable rights of a people that should not be taken away from them.

She added that state authorities must begin to recognize the importance of the rights of life, hence the need to protect human lives and strengthening peace as well as security must be emphasized.

“Rights of people to life is one of the core principles of human rights and state authorities must recognize this for the purpose of protecting human lives and strengthening peace and security.

“We have heard different news of towns and villages being sacked by extremist groups in Nigeria, Just within 5months 1,813 people have died in Nigeria, it begs the question where is the right to life of people in Nigeria? Human dignity is another principle that must be respected, but corruption has overshadowed human dignity in Nigeria.

“How do we stand up for human rights? add our voices together with others to advocate for human rights protection, standing up requires us forming networks and groups that will lead the campaign on human rights principles in order to reach communities and help to defend their right,” she said

Ogundiran however called on the government to begin a process of proper social and economic planning which will in the long run guarantee human security.

“We at United Network of Youth for Peace and Diplomacy are particularly interested in promoting peace and peace education amongst youth who are the next generation of world leaders.

“There can be no development without long term peace and stability and there can be no stability without the rule of law and respect for human rights.

“We believe that youths need diplomatic leadership skills in order to know how to resolve disagreements before degenerating into conflict and also how to develop peaceful relationship,” she said.

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