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UK pledges solidarity on Human Rights Day

10 December 2014, 20:26

Abuja - United Kingdom High Commissioner, Dr Andrew Pocock, expressed his country’s commitment to supporting the Nigerian Government in fighting terrorism and protecting civilians.

He noted that the day was commemorated on Wednesday at a time when the insurgency in the north-east is inflicting great damage and suffering.

“Indeed, the protection of the civilian population and their rights is fundamental to the success of those efforts,” said Pocock.

He said the UK also joined with others in encouraging all Nigerian States to observe the moratorium on the use of the death penalty, to implement the optional protocol on the UN Convention against Torture and to domesticate and implement the Child Rights Act and the Convention to Eliminate all forms of Discrimination against Women.

“The protection and advancement of human rights is not only a central responsibility of the State and its institutions, but also of all Nigerians, and citizens of the world. So, the UK is proud to reaffirm its support for human rights in Nigeria on World Human Rights Day.”

- CAJ News

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