Human Rights and Peace Resolution Conference in Africa
an article by Christelle, WAALM Academy
The “International Human Rights and Peace Resolution Conference” was held on Friday 13-Saturday 14 April 2012, at the Concord Hotel Owerri, Imo State – Nigeria.
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During the last sixty years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations in 1948, the International Community has made some important advances in the fight against human rights violations, yet the dream of a world free from violations of human rights and peace for all remains a mirage!
As technology bring the peoples of the world closer to each other and political barriers tumble, Kidnapping, Religious, Communal and Ethnic violence and other violations of human rights and peace continue to ravage our societies; horrors such as “Bombing” have emerged in recent times, while ideas like “Militancy”, “Religious Cum Ethnic Superiority/Violence” have spread to a new dimension.
All these social vices have put our peace in danger and have grown in complexity, becoming more and more a challenge to Democracy, Peace, Economic Development, and the Structural Development of our dear country.
The “International Human Rights and Peace Resolution Conference” as a tool to deal with the menace, has the potential to be among the most significant gatherings at this point to bring peace and restore human dignity in Nigeria.
Professionals, Labour Organizations, Unions, Attorneys, Civil and Public Servants, Students, Clerics, and all well meaning Nigerians and friends of Nigeria were invited to participate in this conference. Among other speaker, Prof. Dr. Mosi Dorbayani, President of WAALM and member of the Academic Council on the United Nations system - ACUNS addressed the conference with practical steps toward Peace Resolution. The conference successfully ended by signing a Human Rights and Peace Resolution Memorandum and the champions of the Human Rights in Nigeria were honored for their contributions. The conference was organised by Bishop Dr. Ogbu of Impact Africa Network.
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Your Majesties, Your Royal Highness, Excellencies, Distinguished members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Dear Friends,
Long years ago, sometimes it seems many lives ago, I was at Oxford listening to the radio programme Desert Island Discs with my young son Alexander. It was a well-known programme (for all I know it still continues) on which famous people from all walks of life were invited to talk about the eight discs, the one book beside the bible and the complete works of Shakespeare, and the one luxury item they would wish to have with them were they to be marooned on a desert island. At the end of the programme, which we had both enjoyed, Alexander asked me if I thought I might ever be invited to speak on Desert Island Discs. “Why not?” I responded lightly. Since he knew that in general only celebrities took part in the programme he proceeded to ask, with genuine interest, for what reason I thought I might be invited. I considered this for a moment and then answered: “Perhaps because I’d have won the Nobel Prize for literature,” and we both laughed. The prospect seemed pleasant but hardly probable.
(I cannot now remember why I gave that answer, perhaps because I had recently read a book by a Nobel Laureate or perhaps because the Desert Island celebrity of that day had been a famous writer.)
In 1989, when my late husband Michael Aris came to see me during my first term of house arrest, he told me that a friend, John Finnis, had nominated me for the Nobel Peace Prize. This time also I laughed. . ...more.