The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) will today hold the yearly national human rights lecture during which the plights of millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria will become the focus.
Besides, the group will also crown the Human Rights Queen of 2018 and Human Rights Baby of the year just as 50 indigent youths will receive training in different vocational skills.
In a statement signed by the national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the national media affairs director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA disclosed that it was convinced that the criminal neglects suffered by IDPs in all parts of Nigeria as a result of man-made and natural disasters are the worst cases of human rights violations that exist in Nigeria, which are not redressed by institutions set out to do so.
HURIWA expressed dismay that government has not provided sufficient oversights to such critical institutions to ensure that IDPs are treated humanely with all their constitutional rights guaranteed and enforced.
“For example, many victims of the herdsmen crisis in Benue State currently taking refuge at the IDP camp in Daudu have reportedly come down with malaria, diarrhea, malnutrition, leading to the death of 12 of the displaced persons in the last one month. Children are also not speared as many are diagnosed with malnutrition and diarrhea.
We heard that but for the relentless intervention of the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders and the state government, the situation would have gotten out of hand.”