Lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu has challenged the general public to demand from the authorities charged with the mandate of ensuring the enjoyment of their human rights and stop begging them.
“Do you beg politicians and people in political office to vote for them? Why then must you be begging them for the provision of things that are so fundamental and as of rights like education, good health facilities, better roads and other basic social amenities?”
Mr. Sosu, a global human rights activist, made the comments in Winneba over the weekend, while inaugurating the University of Education, Winneba, Campus Chapter of Youth for Human Rights Africa (YoHRA).
YoHRA has recently been leading the fight for the promotion and observance of fundamental rights on the continent of Africa.
Lawyer Sosu also reminded them of the challenges in choosing to fight for others sighting himself as a case study of the many inherent challenges that come with advocating for others especially the vulnerable and marginalized.
He added that inasmuch as there are bad people in society, there are also good ones who want to ensure the right things are done at all times without fear or favour.
He, therefore, encouraged them not to give up on the call as young ambassadors and advocates in their communities.
The Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Harrison Kwame Golo, who is also the Director of the Centre for Conflict, Human Rights and Peace Studies in his brief comments observed, the interconnection between the observance of human rights and the promotion of peaceful coexistence.
He added that issues of human rights remain fundamental in all facets of life and crucial to building a congenial and thriving society.
Mr. David Zuure of the Centre for African Studies and patron of YoHRA-UEW was full of praise for the leadership of YoHRA-UEW chapter.
He was confident the kind of leadership demonstrated by the executives of YoHRA-UEW is necessary for the growth of the campus chapter and assured the president and management of YoHRA to count on them in making human rights Africa’s priority.
He was confident YoHRA-UEW will become the most vibrant campus chapter of YoHRA across Ghana.
Other speakers present at the programme were the Director of Communications, Mr Christopher Ankou and the International Coordinator of YoHRA, Caroline Gallagher.
YoHRA is so far in University of Ghana, Ghana Christian University, Ghana Institute of Journalism and Mountcrest University.