The University of Lagos (UNILAG) in patnership with Amnesty International, Nigeria, launched a human rights clinic last Friday.
The launch which was hosted by the Law Faculty of the University showcased the 30 pioneer members of the clinic.
According to the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Ayodele Atsenuwa, the human rights clinic is aimed at ‘equipping students of the University of Lagos with knowledge and skills required for promoting and protecting human rights.’
Atsenuwa, who expressed his pleasure at the varsity’s partnership with the Amnesty International Nigeria, stated that the clinic will help the cause of human rights protection.
‘The idea behind the human rights clinic project is to increase the level of awareness; to promote knowledge and skills that help us recognise human rights violations when we see it. And our joy is that Amnesty International had decided to partner with us.’
Atsenuwa, however, stated that the duty of human rights protection is a work not to be left to the hands of human rights activists alone.
Country director, Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, pointed out that variety of cultural practices in society makes it easier to violate human rights.
‘If we dont have a basic understanding of human rights, then we continue to perpetuate injustice and inequality in our society. And so Amnesty International is very much interested in certificating young people and lawyers and the greater public bringing this issue of human rights to the public sphere,’ she added.
Speaking on the topic, The Youth and the Future of Human Rights, the keynote speaker, Abdul Tejan Cole emphasized the need for youths to be more involved in social activities including politics as a way to save the continent’s future.
Cole also encouraged youths to take action rather whine in order to salvage the present situation.
The launch, which was attended by lecturers and students from various departments, featured poetry recitations, short dramas and public speaking, all centered on human rights and violations.