National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Anambra State has expressed worry over increasing cases of human rights abuse in the state.
State Coordinator of the Commission, Nkechi Ugwuanyi, gave the assurance while unveiling line up of activities to commemorate 16 Days of Activism by the Commission at the FCT and the 36 states of the federation.
She said that 80 percent of received complaints of human rights abuse in Anambra State were Gender Based Violence (GBV).
She noted that the violence cuts across several thematic areas of gender issues including children’s rights, women rights as well as widows rights, blaming poverty, cultural values and illiteracy as major factors responsible for the continued violation of such rights.
She further regretted that lack of facts, interests, money and poor compliance to privacies and rules on the part of staff of the judiciary had militated fights for prosecution of perpetrators in the state.
“The commission has been in constant battle to ensure reduction of such acts in the state by ensuring that perpetrators are brought to justice irrespective of the numerous challenges,” she said.
On the 16 days activism, Ugwuanyi disclosed that activities to mark the week would cut across sensitization of students on health implications of drug abuse as well as education on sexual reproductive rights.
She said, “The 16 days activism is used as an organizational strategy that requires institutions and corporate bodies around the world to call for the prevention of violence against women and girls.
“The programme which will hold in collaboration with several NGOs will also offer free medical tests in the areas of HIV, Diabetes, Blood pressure as well as referrals after medical examination of patients by trained medical officers.
“The commission will commence the 16 days activism on Thursday, November 25, 2021 with a road walk show with partnering Civil rights groups.
“There will be advocacy visits to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Chief Judge of the State, CSOs and interactions with other Stakeholders.”