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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Winners Emerge At The 2019 Maiden Edition Of Human Rights Award

Winners of the 2019 Human Rights Award have emerged after a national
poll by Nigerians on the official website of the 2019 Human Rights Summit,
Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tony
Ojukwu Esq has said.
Ojukwu made this disclosure at the end of electronic voting for nominees,
and after the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) thoroughly reviewed the
total number of 10,752 votes cast on Wednesday evening at the
headquarters of the Commission.
Ojukwu who hinted that the LOC was made up of stakeholders including
representatives from relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs)
said the award which will be an annual event is aimed at encouraging
humanitarian activities in the area of promoting the rights of Nigerians
especially the indigent members of the society.
The Executive Secretary said the awards will be presented in six categories
namely: (1) Civil Society Organization; with CLEEN Foundation emerging
the winner, (2) Donor Agencies and Diplomatic Communities in Nigeria with
United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) as the winner, (3)
Multinational/International and Philanthropic organizations, has Toni
Elumelu Foundation as the winner. (4) State Government; Kano, Lagos and
Ebonyi States came top on the list. (5) Federal and State Ministries
Departments and Agencies, (MDAs) has the Institute of Peace and Conflict
Resolution also making it to the top of the list, and finally (6) Individual
category, with Prof Joy Ezeilo of the University of Nigeria Enugu campus as
the winner.
The Criteria for Human Rights Award include the following:
The impact of the nominee’s work or contribution in improving the
understanding and respect for human rights;
The impact of the nominee’s contribution in eliminating social
injustice, discriminatory attitudes and practices;

The impact of the nominee’s work in promoting, protecting and
defending, monitoring and reporting human rights abuse/violations;
The impact of nominee’s work in creating an enabling environment
conducive to the enjoyment of human rights and sustainable
The amount of energy, industry, time and resources spent by the
nominee in the promotion and protection of human rights in the
The risk of negative consequences faced by the nominee in the cause
of his or her work;
The extent to which the approach employed in the work of the
nominee is responsive to the needs and rights of the people; and
The impact of the nominee’s work in addressing human rights
violations in the society.
The Human Rights Boss further stated that the Human Rights Award is one
of the activities lined up for the 2019 Human Rights Summit scheduled to
take place from the 8th to 10th of December 2019. The summit, he said
will be declared open by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, President of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He noted that it is first of its kind
organized by the NHRC in the fulfillment of Nigeria’s obligation to
institutionalize a national consultative forum to promote dialogue in the
field of human rights.
According to him, the summit is also expected to provide an opportunity
for the review of Nigeria’s performance with reference to the protection
and promotion of human rights by relevant stakeholders. it will serve as
an imperative strategy for policy appraisal and agenda setting in the area
of human rights.
“On behalf of the NHRC and the LOC I thank everyone who participated in
the voting process and with your support, we hope to do better in the
coming years” Ojukwu said.

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