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Right to Peace: Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70

Human Rights; a Pathway to Sustaining Peace in Nigeria

21 September 2018

On International Day of Peace, the theme organized by United Network of Youth for Peace and Diplomacy (UNYPD), this was ‘Right to Peace: Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70‘, this SDG awareness program was in collaboration with IBI Foundation. On Thursday participants shared insights on human rights issues in Nigeria.

Eight panelist and ninety-six attendees from diverse backgrounds encompassing civil society, legal practitioners, students and activists attended the event. Program activities included speaker sessions, a panel discussion and a UDHR lecture.

One of the panellists, Mr. Tunde Ojei, the Country Director of the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) emphasized that the need for “governments to step-up and do more to protect civilians in conflicts in order to avoid civilians’ harm”. The representative of the National Human Rights Commission, Mr Arinze Okoro, concurred and stressed the need for different ethnic groups and tribes to embrace peace culture and tolerance for the sake of national peace.

By the end of the program, the participants learned the thirty UDHR articles, what they stand for and the different ways Nigerians can get involved for promoting human rights to achieve sustainable peace and achieve the SDGs.

  • I will respect your rights regardless of who you are. I will uphold your rights even when I disagree with you
  • When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone's rights are undermined, so I will stand up
  • I will raise my voice. I will take action. I will use my rights to stand up for your rights.

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