UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, on Monday called upon member states to be committed to the implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Ban said this in a message to mark the 2013 International Human Rights Day anniversary
organised by UN Information Centre (UNIC) and National Human Rights Commission at Ikoyi Prisons in Lagos.

The UN scribe?s message was presented by UNIC?s National Information Officer, Mr. Oluseyi Soremekun.

Ban said it was imperative for member states to work hard at fulfilling promises made at the 1993 Vienna Conference.

“Protecting human rights is one of the core purposes of the UN and the organisation has pursued this mission since its founding.
“But we have realised that the success of this purpose depends on the political will of member states.

“It is states, in the first instance, that are obliged to protect human rights and prevent
violations at a national level.
“I, therefore, on this Human Rights Day, call on states to fulfill the promises they made at the Vienna Conference??, he said.

Ban, who expressed the UN?s commitment to protection of human rights globally, said it was coming up with an initiative: Rights Up Front Action Plan.

According to him, it is aimed at ensuring that the UN system and its members of staff
recognise the importance the organisation attaches to human rights protection.

The Deputy Controller of Prisons at the Ikoyi Prisons, Mr. Emmanuel Bamidele, stressed the need for human rights protection, irrespective of sex, class and environment. He said the prison was doing everything within its ability to protect the rights of the inmates.

“No inmate is being maltreated in Ikoyi Prisons. There will never be any human rights abuse??, he said.

Some of the inmates, however, complained of being detained without trial and evidence of their offences.

The Chief Registrar of Lagos State Judiciary, Mrs Olamide Akinkugbe, promised to draw the attention of the Chief Judge of Lagos State to their plight.

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