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by Cyril France, Ghana Jun 7, 2007
Human Rights   Opinions


Human Rights Human Rights

I believe Human rights are the rights people are entitled to simply because they are human beings, irrespective of their citizenship, nationalities, race, ethnicity, language, sex, sexuality or abilities. Human rights become enforceable when they are codified as conventions, covenant or as they become customary International Law.
Some values of Human rights are; rights of persons to freedom of speech, life, conscience, equal treatment, work and health, among others.

Unfortunately, in Africa, ignorance and lack of awareness or education allow so many violations of human rights. Few media groups or journalists and
public officials can identify with all confidence the basic rights and protection of these rights, that is supported by the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. Awareness, improving training and development skills for journalists so as to promote human rights remains a key question and challenge for media practitioners and government alike. All Charters and Declarations need to be widely known, discussed and allowed to be made meaningful to the
entire populace or citizens.
In conclusion, with the right training and skills implemented, the media thus perform vital role in informing, socializing, communicating and articulating
the power of the poor masses and laying the ground work for social transformation, human rights and good governance.
An issue as important as human rights should not rest with some i.e. Governments, organizations or institutions but with many and all that know and value their human rights (civil society).

I believe HR affects every facet of an individual’s life hence the need for;
1. The Right to Education - Human Rights must be OBLIGATORY in school curriculum starting from the primary school so that each and every individual can be aware of both their rights and the rights of other people. The education of human rights is as important to one's future as learning to read and write. Given that we live in environments where our human rights are threatened an individual with information and knowledge of his/her human rights can better protect themselves.

You will agree with me that the advancement of human rights today cannot be possible if we did not put in place some necessary criteria’s such as justice and accountability. If we take for instance what happens in our tribunals nowadays, we can therefore say that something has to be done.
so many criminals and human rights violators are set free because they are often able of buying judges and instead innocent people are been convicted for crimes not committed, This resulting in the failure of the Human Rights application by that state.
I really advice that judges that allow these kinds of thinks should be prosecuted.
if justice and accountability are well rendered, i think that the advancement of human rights should be effective

"Given my own increased awareness and education on the subject of human rights, I look forward to my role in making a difference as one individual and affecting change within a growing community of persons, governments, institutions and organizations who can not afford to sit back and wait and see".



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Cyril France

Cyril Nii-Offei France is a Development Management student and the Student Representative Council (SRC) Financial Secretary of Ghana Christian University College (GCUC). Mr. France has been zealous in finding sustainable solutions to local and global maladies. Mr. France had the opportunity to engage in mainstream youth-led development such as attending the West Africa Regional Workshop on Youth in Civic Engagement, sponsored by the World Bank Ghana office and subsequently contributed immensely to the E-Consultation on Youth Participation in Poverty Reduction Strategies hosted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with the World Bank Institute.
Mr. France’s audacious and selfless dedication to serve and lead local communities work out their future in a manner that does not compromise the shared benefits for future generations, impelled him to undertake numerous community-based projects with youth-led organizations such as Global Youth Action Network - Ghana, Youth Realities Network, Youth Action Movement, Student World Assembly, among others. Some achievements from this sphere include, Project Coordinator for the Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) 2008, as the National Lead Agency in Ghana. As a key team player Mr. France has worked on several youth-development committee’s and events such as planning committee member responsible for external liaison during the 3dr Annual Student World Assembly, International Convention in Ghana at the University of Ghana, Legon and the 2007 Jubilee Youth Leaders’ Summit at Kumasi.
Mr. Frances’ notable achievements paved the way for his selection to represent his school and country at the 2009 International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway, he also gave two separate presentations at the 2008 World Youth Congress in Quebec, Canada, and subsequent he was a Rapporteur for the UN-HABITAT’s 2008 World Urban Youth Forum in Nanjing, China. Being part of these global youth engagements augmented his knowledge in emerging social issues, youth-led development, and sustainable livelihoods.
Presently, Mr. France is the Founder and Executive Coordinator of Youth Path, a youth-led development agency.

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