In 2013 a human rights defender in Imo State Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha revealed how the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly looted funds belonging to Imo tax payers . I led about 400 youths to the streets of Owerri demanding for his removal from office. Imagine our feeble voices opposing government for the misuse of funds ! The reason for our rally was the fact that 2.5 billion naira that had been initially devoted to the Education budgets of the state had gone missing . We felt that such a move was unethical… …youths came out with posters and musical instruments. We also took to the media criticizing the public officer involved. This experience sure gave me a taste of the power of our collective voice. We were oppressed, harassed and intimidated but we fought on .
When Iwuoha and his wife were framed up for murder , arrested and dumped in jail , I went into action with the help of other human rights organization demanding for his release . It took us 11 months to get Iwuoha freed. Since then we have succeeded in fighting for the rights of several young Nigerians .
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Social justice is about ensuring the protection of all people’s equal access to rights and opportunities, as well as taking care of the least advantaged members of society. Issues of social justice are central in the work of YARPTI , and advocacy is the key way to engage with these issues
Through the following Initiative YARPTI is helping young people including adults whose rights needed protection .
HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION
Since 1948, the international community has developed an extensive body of international legal standards and institutions that relate to the promotion and protection of human rights. However, many individuals who seek to uphold their rights or the rights of others are threatened and punished because of their work, and their space for activism is restricted. National security fears, the economic crisis, hostility to human rights and the emergence of a multi-polar order also present threats and opportunities. There remains a gulf between the theory and the realisation of these rights in practice.
In the Human Rights Programme we work with partners to: end impunity for the gross violations of human rights; uphold prohibitions on arbitrary detention and torture; protect human rights defenders at risk; and multiply and amplify influential voices on Human rights priorities.
FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Providing free legal assistance and advice to the needy and to victims of human rights violation.