Dear all, My name are Olusola Akinbode. I am the executive director of the Centre for Human Rights and Empowerment, a Lagos based civil society group. I also teach human rights in International Affairs and Strategic Studies at the Lagos State University. Quickly, I want to share my thoughts on the rationale for Human Rights Education. Knowledge is said to be power and ignorance cannot be a defense. But the maxim that says ignorance of the law is no defense is in itself a flagrant violation of human rights when majority of the population of a country are ignorant of their basic rights and the laws that protect them. It is only an elightened citizenry that can make politics both civil and capable. Besides perceiving justice as a public good and putting the interest of others or the greatest good before our self interest, human rights education generally instill in us the sense to be ethical. And ethics is about what is right, what is wrong, what is evil?, how should relate to one another?, how should we relate to other living things?, etc. I have argued elsewhere that human rights is a multidisciplinary subject with issues that have historical, legal, medical, political and socio-cultural implications. But many are still not aware of the complex issues of human rights; even legal practitioners who have no training in international law or human rights law can hardly cope with the challenges when faced with issues of human rights litigation for example For more on my reflections on issues of human rights and governance visit our website. Olusola Akinbode Centre for Human rights and Empowerment Lagos, Nigeria www.chrenigeria.org ======== Asia Pacific Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to < >. If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact < >. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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