The Executive Director of a non-governmental organization Women Information Network (WINET) says increased knowledge of fundamental human rights by the deaf is a step towards upholding their rights.
Mrs Miriam Menkiti stated this during an event today to mark 2017 Human Rights day with members of the Human Rights Club of Government Secondary School for the Deaf Ogbete Enugu, Enugu State at the school premises.
WINET Executive Director said human rights are universal to all human beings emphasizing that fundamental human rights are rights that are protected and which every citizen has a right to claim and defend.
She advised the deaf students to report rights violations to relevant authorities and seek redress.
She explained that it is the duty of every citizen to ensure that no one violates their rights.
Mrs Menkiti explained that every human being has fundamental human rights and that these rights are enshrined in Chapter 4 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
She listed such fundamental human rights to include right to life, right to the dignity of the human person, right to personal liberty, right to freedom of expression and the press, right to peaceful assembly, right to freedom from discrimination and right to freedom of movement.
Others are right to fair hearing, right to private and family life and freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
She informed the students that December 10th every year is celebrated all over the world as Human Rights Day to commemorate the day on which in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
She also said that this year’s human rights day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50th anniversary of the two international covenants on human rights – International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICCESCR) and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
In the interactive session that followed the presentation, the deaf students expressed joy that they are now aware of their rights and promised to share the information with their classmates.
With support from the U. S. Consulate General Lagos, WINET had carried out a project entitled “Empowering Deaf Youths with Information on their Fundamental Human Rightsin Government School for the Deaf, Ogbete Enugu, Enugu State during which students were educated on democracy and fundamental human rights and a human rights club was formed in the school.