- CSAAE publishes a report on the Status of Human Rights in Nigeria titled, “UN Human Rights as Seen by Nigerian Youths“
- Hosts Twitter Chat on the report with Prof. Odinkalu, former Chairman, Human Rights Commission, Nigeria
In 2013, a Nigerian Catholic Priest and University Lecturer in the United States, Rev. Fr. Dr. Godswill Agbagwa, launched a youth focused non-profit known today as the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics, CSAAE. His mission was to start healing from the root Africa’s failure of leadership, loss of entrepreneurial spirit and loss of moral and social sense – all of which he believes are the causes of poverty and underdevelopment in Africa.
CSAAE is dedicated to harnessing the potential of young people and providing the kinds of tools and training that endow them with the capacities, competencies, and character necessary to sustain themselves, create opportunities that help others sustain themselves and embrace their roles as critical actors in building a better Africa
A core part of our training is the weekly three-hour guided study of literatures critical to development and other trainings necessary for young people to achieve sterling success, help fast-track development and end poverty in Africa. One such document is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948, as a product of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The declaration sets out fundamental human rights to be universally protected and has been translated into over 500 languages.
According to an official document of the declaration, UDHR is premised on the fact that recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and the peace in the world.
Thus, from March 16 to July 20, 2018, Emerging Nigerian Leaders, comprising of select Nigerian youths, ages 16-25, being prepared by CSAAE for leadership positions critical to development and nation building, gathered for three hours every Friday to reflect on the status of the UN Human Rights in Nigeria.
The future leaders focused on:
• How the articles of the UN Human Rights are understood in Nigeria
• Whom each UN Human Rights Article applies to
• The extent to which each UN Human Right Article is respected/violated in Nigeria
• What can be done to ensure respect for UN Human Rights in Nigeria?
On November 22, 2018, the Centre launched this report at its 6th Emerging African Leaders Foundation Conference. The report which contains key findings and recommendations from the 5-month discussion was presented to the former Chairman of Nigerian Human Rights Commission, Prof.
Chidi Odinkalu. The Centre believes that if and when implemented, these recommendations will help facilitate development, justice, and peace, and make Nigeria a better place.
Prof. Odinkalu was impressed with the work done by these youths that he had to call for a twitter discussion on the report on World Human Rights Day. To join the conversation, please use hashtags on the flier. To learn more about the report, please download a copy of the report here