International Human Rights Day 2016 Celebration
On the 5th of December, 2016, the foundation led by its CEO/Founder attended the 2016 edition of the International Human Rights Day celebration with the theme ‘’Human Rights forum On Access to Justice”. The event was jointly organised by the embassies of France, Canada and Switzerland in conjunction with the National Human Rights Commission and was hosted by the Swiss Ambassador at the Swiss residence, Maitama, Abuja.
The event was well attended with representation cutting across the diplomatic community, the government, the Human Rights community, civil society organisations and as well as members of the print and electronic media. The keynote address was given by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, H.E Mr. Alhaji Abubakar Malami, SAN who was ably represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Legal Matters.
The Forum had a three man panel comprising of the representative of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, H.E Mr. Alhaji Abubakar Malami, SAN; Prof. Muhammed Tabiu, Co-Chair of the Federal Justice Sector Reform Coordination Committee; and Mr. Chino Edmund Obiagwu, Founding Director and National Coordinator, Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP)
The main focus of the event was for stakeholders to take a critical look at position of things as it relates to access to justice in Nigeria. It was the general consensus of the forum that the Rule of law would make no meaning if citizens irrespective of their social-economic or political status in the society cannot have unhindered and unmitigated access to justice, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as Amended.
The Foundation through its CEO/Founder, Mr. Jake Epelle took advantage of the event to draw awareness to the ‘’I Support Albinism Cause’’ campaign of the foundation, by engaging and sensitising the Heads of the diplomatic community in attendance at the forum to support and endorse the campaign. The Ambassadors of Switzerland, France, Canada; the High Commissioners of Britain and Australia and as well as the Head of the European delegation to Nigeria, all endorsed the campaign by taking snap shots with the ‘’I Support Albinism Cause’’ hash tag, and with each of them making a commitment to further engaging the foundation to explore ways of collaboration for the advancement of the cause of Albinism in Nigeria.
The event ended with a question and answer session, where members of the panel were engaged by the stakeholders at the forum on various issues as it relates to access to justice in Nigeria.