CDHR Says No To Controversial NGO Bill, Urges Nigeria To Reject It

LAGOS DECEMBER 15TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has maintained that the Bill for an Act for the Establishment of the Non-Governmental Organisations Regulatory Commission, proposed by the House of Representatives, to regulate Non-Governmental Organisations, is apparently orchestrated to repress the voice of the people and subjugate Civil Society groups in Nigeria.
A statement signed by Comrade (Barr) Henry Peter Ekine, CDHR National Publicity Secretary made available to argued that the Bill is utterly unnecessary, serves no public interest and so must not be passed.
It maintained that the right of Nigerians to a democratic society with fundamental freedoms remains inalienable and any attempt to subjugate that right must be resisted.
The statement disclosed that contributions by Civil Society Organisations have always positively impacted on our democracy and development for several decades, adding that CSOs have remained the beacon of peace, development, security, humanitarian services and Human Rights assessment in Nigeria.
The statement pointed out that NGOs/CSOs form a critical platform that guarantees freedom, equality and Rights of all persons, stressing that unnecessary Government interference is utterly inconceivable.
CDHR warned that the said Bill, if allowed to become law, has the potential to threaten democratic ideals which is against the principles of fundamental freedoms and citizens’ participation as enshrined in Democracy.
It stated that there are already sufficient provisions and legal frameworks in our body of laws that regulate the formation, registration, operations and finances of NGOs/CSOs.
The organisation charged Nigerians to compel the National Assembly to rather focus on making laws that will improve the welfare of citizens as ultimate priority; promote good-governance, eradicate all forms of servitude, stop the violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, especially economic and social rights, not undermining civil, political, as well as cultural rights.
“The National Assembly must make laws that demonstrate real commitment, concern and value for the lives of Nigerians anywhere and at all times, failure of which the collective capacity of citizens to enforce their inalienable rights will be activated,” the statement explained.
According to CDHR, the civil and political rights of citizens (the first generation rights) as well as the social, economic and cultural rights (the second generation rights) must be seen to be protected.
“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended, provides for the civil and political rights under Chapter IV as the Fundamental Human Rights. These rights are connected to the social, economic and cultural rights provided in the Constitution under Chapter II as the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy. The National Assembly must make only laws that improve security, safety and welfare as well as protect the rights of citizens.
‘The foremost human rights group, under the leadership of its President, Comrade (Barr) Malachy Ugwummadu, therefore called on the National Assembly to immediately heed the views of Nigerians as represented at the public hearing on the Bill.
“ In line with the theme for the International Human Rights Day, 2017, CDHR also enjoined Nigerians and all persons of conscience to #StandUp4HumanRights and speak out in condemnation of the Bill; remain firm and demand an immediate end to this Bill; ensure it is never passed to law,” the statement stated.

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