HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2017: IMN joins forces to mark International Human Rights Day
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has concluded arrangement to join the rest of the World in marking this year’s International Human Rights Day with varied activities.
Working through the #FreeZakzaky Campaign Committee and in conjunction with the Islamic Initiative for Human Rights Protection (IIHRP) and other Rights groups and activists, the event promises to be exciting and motivating.
This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50thanniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.
freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear
The theme “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” aims to promote and raise awareness of these two Covenants on their 50th anniversary and will involve a year-long campaign revolving around the theme of rights and freedoms — freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear — which underpin the International Bill of Human Rights are as relevant today as they were when the Covenants were adopted 50 years ago.
Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.
These rights have been denied members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria especially during the present regime of President Muhammadu Buhari, when armed soldiers attacked and killed over a thousand unarmed civilian citizens in Zaria and buried their charred remains secretly in mass graves for no other reason than they belong to a minority religious group. Additionally, the government has continued to severely curtail the rights of survivors such as those of personal liberties and dignity, association and movement, religion, conscience and thoughts.
The government further doesn’t respect the rule of law, with flagrant disobedience of valid court judgements as in the case of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, whom they are detaining without charges for two years.
This Human Rights Day will be marked on the 10th of December, 2017 and this comes barely two days before the second anniversary of the infamous Zaria genocide.
Details of activities will be announced in due course.