By Kenneth Emesike
The International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has debunked the news making rounds that the Czech Republic headquartered human rights body has absolved both the Kenyan and Nigerian governments of rights violations in the arrest and repatriation of the leader of the Ingenious People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently being detained at a DSS facility in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Recall that days ago, several media houses (not SOUTHPOST NG) published a statement purportedly issued by IHRC, which completely absolved the aforementioned countries of any human rights violations in the case.
However, IHRC in a statement on Thursday by its Country Head/Ambassador for West African countries, Ambassador Dr Friday Sabi, stated that the commission never issued such a statement on the matter or the publicised declaration, which he blamed on impostors.
Part of the statement read: “As a diplomatic inter-governmental organisation, our policy on crises management is purely mediation role to bring about peace and not to take side with any party and aggravate crises.
“The issue of IPOB agitation and the subsequent violence that has ensured has claimed several lives in the southeastern Nigeria and as a diplomatic specialised organisation with full knowledge of public security and public safety we do not issue such myopic and premature statements which is capable of escalating the crises on ground in Nigeria.
“For the record, we are about the only non-governmental organisation in the world who do not believe in protest or demonstration as a way of making demands from government or bodies owing to our diplomatic principles.
“Let me also put it on record that the IHRC establishment across the world is to bridge the gap of bureaucratic bottlenecks created by various state protocols which has hindered the acceleration of the Universal Declaration on human rights by the United Nations in 1948.
“As such we are not formed to serve as an antagonist of any government in the world rather we mediate between the government and the people to bring about peace in the world.
IHRC while asking media houses to verify such issues from the global body before disseminating them, asked members of the public to disregard the said declaration by impostors.
“The public should therefore disregard the purported publications and maintain their confidence in our capacity to ensure compliance with the universal declaration on human rights.” (South News Network)