Maiden conference of the Youth for Human Rights Africa launched

Christabel Addo, GNA

Accra, Aug. 2, GNA – The Youth for Human
Rights Africa (YoHRA), a non-governmental human rights organisation, has
launched its maiden annual conference in Accra, to create awareness and empower
the citizenry to demand for their Fundamental Human Rights.

The conference, which was on the theme:
“Promoting Fundamental Human Rights: A Catalyst for Accelerated Socio-Economic
Development in a Free and Just Society,” was scheduled to take place on
December 11.

Dr Angela Lamptey, the Deputy Executive
Secretary of YoHRA, who launched the conference on Wednesday, said it would
coincide with the United Nation’s commemoration of the International Human
Rights Day which falls on December 10 each year.

Mr Francis-Xavier Sosu, the President of
YoHRA, said it was important that people knew their Fundamental Human Rights,
so that they could demand them.

He said although crucial for holistic
development of every individual, the rights of many people particularly the
vulnerable continued to be violated, leaving them in distress and
impoverishment due to their lack of awareness and knowledge of their
Fundamental Human Rights.

Fundamental Human Rights are meant to be
automatic for everybody and not a privilege to be owned by governments,
religious or any human institution, therefore the provision of quality
education and health among others, are expected to be mandatory provisions for
national development.

Mr Sosu said the goal of YoHRA, was to create
awareness and promote observance Fundamental Human Rights in Ghana and Africa
by the use of National, Regional, African and the United Nation’s Human Rights
Instruments, and empower the underprivileged in society through civic education,
research, publication, as well as follow up on reports on abuses across the

It also aimed at inspiring the youth to become
advocates for tolerance and peace through education on the UN Universal
Declaration of Human Rights.

YoHRA’s focus, he said was particularly on
advocating against human rights abuses of women, children and People Living
with Disabilities (PLWDs) in society through strategic litigation and public
interest action, and would work with international organisations and affiliates
involved in human rights promotion and advocacy in carrying out trainings for
promoters across Africa.  

He called for stakeholder collaboration in
advocacy and education against the numerous human rights abuses in society.

Dr Isaac Annan, the Director in Charge of
Human Rights at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice
(CHRAJ), said it was important for the citizenry to be well exposed to the
details of the African Charter and other international Instruments so that they
could hold all State institutions rather than politicians accountable for any

He said Ghana had ratified all the major Human
Rights Treaties without any reservations, yet still faced numerous challenges
in their implementation at the national level, and it would only take massive
public education and sustained advocacy with the youth as leaders, to hold the
right people accountable and push for the right things to be done.


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