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NHRC marks World Human Rights Day.

By Yetunde Verissimo -The Nigerian Voice, Abuja
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The National Human Rights commission has joined the world to mark the international human rights day.

United Nations Secretary General, Ban ki-moon, in his address which was read by the Acting Executive Secretary, stressed that the interdependence of the three pillars of the United Nations, peace, sustainable development and human rights form the basis of resilient and cohesive societies.

He added that in respect of the universal declaration of human rights, the United Nations must come together to build a future based on our shared values of equality and human dignity.

Further stating that all actor states must strengthen responses to abuses, and work better to prevent human rights crises across the globe.

"Upholding human rights is in the interest of all. Respect for human rights advances well-being for every individual, stability for every society, and harmony for our interconnected world. And this work can be done by all, at every level of society."

The Secretary General, United Nations asked that this year's theme to celebrate the human right's day "stand up for someone's right today" be used to make a difference for human rights across the world.

Also to mark the day, The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, sent in a message which was read by Mr Tony Ojukwu, said the situation of the world at present has called for a combined effort of everyone to stand for not just their rights but also for others.

" we can build bridges. We can raise our voices. We can stand up for values of decent, compassionate societies. When someone is abused and afraid, we can step forward to help safeguard her rights."

" the United Nations Human rights office works to promote and protect human rights around the world. We work for a world built by "we the people".

Mrs Oti Ovrawah, Acting Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, said the International theme for this year was in line with the mandate and conduct of the National Human Right commission. Adding that it was timely, because of the present circumstances in the world today and it's effect on citizens and this should make us put the protection of the violated as top priority.

"To obey this call and be our brother's keeper indeed, we are going to therefore encourage to reaffirm our common humanity whenever we are taking stand for the protection of the rights of oppress in our society."

Also at the celebration, the commission presented a book on the state of human rights in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

The book which comprised of 8 chapters was said to have been informed by the state of the human rights in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe under emergency.

Mrs Ovrawah, said the need to address the human right concerns occasioned by the conflict in these states called to action the mandate of the commission and through the support of the United Nations Development Program carried out the project.

"The objective of this project was to document allegations of human rights violations against all the actors in the theater of war. "

She added that the data generated from the project had been used by intervening actors to address the numerous human rights and humanitarian challenges imposed on the people of the north east.

Recall that the said states have been under duress since the escalation of the insurgency and the counter operations of the military in the region.

This year's celebration with the theme "stand up for someone's right today" had various humanitarian group and staff of the commission in attendance.