LCCN, Others, Make Case Against Human Rights Violations In Numan At UNHRC
BY ADAMU JEGIRE
The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN) through the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in collaboration with the United Forum (AUF) and Global Peace Reconciliation, have made a case against excessive human rights violations in Numan federation resulting from the farmers/herders conflict before the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The chairman of the church, Rt. Rev. Peter Bartimaus, who made the disclosure at a press conference in Yola noted that the move became necessary to raise global advocacy against farmers/herders crisis that has led to serious human right violations in the area.
He noted that worried by the incessant violence, the church and other partners drafted and submitted a shadow report on the issue of human right violation at the session of Universal Periodic Review for examination of human right abuses, which saw the participation of about 190 countries at UN building at Geneva.
Bartimaus noted that other area of priorities for the advocacy include:
religious freedom, climate change and environmental protection, IDPs, economic injustice and HIV.
“LCCN church is involved because Numan federation, which has been the Centre of the farmers and herder crisis is the home of LCCN. It behoves on the church to explore every possible ways to promote peace for, the protection of lives of the people.
“This has already been done in several ways since the crisis started and the participation is one. It is duty of the civil societies to make recommendation about what goes in the country to enable the various missions make recomendation for Nigeria.
“Writing a report to United Nations Human Rights Councils is not to bring a claim to the government but a revelation of our interest in peace,” he said.
The church however condemned human right abuses in all ramifications and urged a strengthening of the National Human Rights Commission to tackle human rights violations more effectively.