By O’star Eze The National human rights commission (NHRC) says it has recorded more than 700 cases of human right violations in Anambra state within the past two years. This was disclosed during an advocacy and road walk tour of some communities in Aguata and Orumba North council areas of the state in commemoration of the 2018 Day for human rights. The national executive secretary of the commission, Mr Tony Ojukwu, who made the disclosure said cases of domestic violence, such as rape, child abuse and inheritance issues in families ranked among prevalent complaints received by the agency between year 2017 and 2018.
Ojukwu who was represented by Mrs Nkechi Ugwuanyi, Anambra state coordinator, observed that the state has a large number of cases revolving around inheritance right and land disputes bordering on demise of one’s husband or inability of a couple to give birth to a male child. “We have cases of family members taking over a late man’s properties just because the wife could not give birth to a male child, there are cases on land inheritance. “There are cases of people that have lost their parents and family members recognise that they are unable to defend themselves in the court of law, they gang up and decide to take their land ,’’Ojukwu said. The national executive secretary said that the advocacy tour was to create awareness on human rights and
legal instruments to protect human rights such as child right act, universal declaration on human rights, constitution and African charter. He added that it was part of activities to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights (UDHR) established in 1943,stating that the agency was determined to ensure protection of rights of the citizenry. Speaking on the theme of the anniversary commemoration; “Stand Up For Human Rights”, Mrs Ugwuanyi stated that over the years the agency had adopted the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in resolving most cases. “The method through which we resolve the cases of human
right violations is mainly through mediation or ADR. By this we invite the violators and the people they wronged and we look into the matter and proffer solutions to them on how best to put the crisis to an end,” she said. She charged the people to always stand up for their right, speak out against right violations, and report all forms of injustice, domestic violence and child abuse cases to the agency for prompt intervention. “We want to encourage the respect of human rights in the state, as we all know that when this happens, the people in Anambra will live in peace,’’ Ugwuanyi said. Mrs Oluchukwu Chukwuenyem, Founder of Safe Net,
a nongovernmental organization that focuses on fighting against child abuse and domestic violence, decried increasing cases of child molestation and violence in the state and called for a concerted effort to stem the tide. She called for a change in attitude towards child rearing warning that her organization will prosecute anyone caught in the act. Mr Timothy Okoye, vice-president general, Nanka development union, described the advocacy visit as educative and an avenue for creating awareness on human rights, stating that such visits should be sustained to promote peaceful co-existence in communities.