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FG launches action plan to protect human rights

The Federal Government of Nigeria has launched action plans against female genital mutilation in the country.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Paulen Tallen, stated this in Abuja at an event to mark the 2021 International Human Rights Day, with the theme, “equality-reducing inequality, advancing human rights”.

Mrs Tallen said female genital mutilation was one of the greatest human rights violations against women in the world.

She said all forms of abuse against women were destroying the family and the core existence of humanity.
Although 28 States have domesticated the Child Rights Act, it was not enough; rather, they should go further by implementing the Act , she stressed.

The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu, said the Commission would continue to carry out its statutory mandates in ensuring the protection of the rights of Nigerian citizens.

In an opening remark, the chairperson of the NHRC, Salamatu Sulieman, said Equality and non-discrimination were core principles of human dignity and were fundamental to other key principles of human rights.

A National Action Plan on promotion and protection of Human Rights was also launched at the event.

Reporting by Tanimu Salihu; Editing by Tola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor