As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate the 2020 International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, DRVS, the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC in the Country is calling for an end to all forms of modern day slavery.
This is to pave the way for full enjoyment of human rights in Nigeria by all the rural and urban poor, the rich, the downtrodden, the displaced and the homeless.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Tony Ojukwu made the call in a statement by the Assistant Director, Corporate Affairs of the NHRC, Fatimah Agwai Mohammed, on the eve of the 2020 IDRVS Day.
He noted that despite the abolition of slave trade several decades ago, many countries including Nigeria are still grappling with other forms of modern day slavery.
“This include human trafficking, sexual slavery, child/forced labour, prostitution, enlistment of minors in military service, servitude or removal of organ for pecuniary benefits, osu,ohu and other cast systems,” he said.
According to Mr. Ojukwu, the theme for this year, “Confronting Slavery’s Legacy of Racism Together”, is apt given the fact that racism plays a critical role in promoting slavery.
The Executive Secretary added that the long-term effects of the transatlantic slave trade which also have some trappings of racism still reverberate across various societies globally.
He said all hands must be on deck to fight the menace saying it is high time humanity came to terms with the tenets of human rights which is targeted at enhancing human dignity, equality and respect for fundamental freedoms.
“The NHRC is working assiduously with relevant agencies to stem the tide of all forms of modern day slavery, servitude and other related practices,” the statement read.
He urged members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspected migration, child abuse/molestation and the attendant human rights violations to the Commission or other relevant agencies for necessary action.
The International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is observed on August 23 annually.
Source: Voice of Nigeria