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ANEEJ condemns FG’s vote against UN resolution on human rights defenders

Members of the Edo state civil society group led by Rev, David Ugolor, ED, ANEEJ in a procession to mark this year’s Anti-Corruption Day in Benin, the Edo State capital, Wednesday
Members of the Edo state civil society group led by Rev, David Ugolor, ED, ANEEJ in a procession to mark this year’s Anti-Corruption Day in Benin, the Edo State capital, Wednesday

AGENE GODWIN, Benin

Irked by what it has described as ‘unreasonable’, the African Network for Environment and Economic Justice ANEEJ, Thursday, condemned the Federal Government’s vote against the UN resolution on the protection of human rights defenders. Disclosing this in Benin City at an event to mark the 2015 world human rights day, the Executive Director, ANEEJ, Rev David Ugolor said the government’s stand contradicts the propagation of rule of law According to Ugolor: “We are worried by the decision of the Federal government to join China and Russia to oppose the resolution as these nations are well known for human rights violation   “As the world marks this year’s human rights day, we are disturbed that Nigerian delegation to the UN said “they saw ‘no need ‘ for the resolution, effectively denying the importance of independent civil society and dissent to democracy and development. We expected Nigeria to join more progressive nations like Norway which saw the protection of human defenders as key to their country. “Our concern sterns from the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari has consistently promised to allow the rule of law to flourish in the country which is based on protection of rights of every citizens could flourish where the rights of Human Rights Defenders are not guaranteed.” Making a passionate appeal to the FG, Ugolor added: “We are using this opportunity to encourage our President and the present administration to take more progressive positions among the comity of nations on the issue of human rights defenders. Nigeria should take steps to reverse its position in subsequent UN meeting. “We also want government to deepen its war against corruption as corruption has been fingered to be the greatest cause of violation of the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.”Ugolor added

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