Advancing freedom and human rights is a daily responsibility in which everyone should participate, according to U.S. Ambassador James F. Entwistle. Speaking at a forum to commemorate Human Rights Day at Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission in Abuja, Ambassador Entwistle said that when human rights becomes a daily task, “it is possible to produce a more perfect union and a more perfect world, where every human being lives freely and with dignity.”
Ambassador Entwistle encouraged attendees to draw some lessons from the U.S. experience.
“In my lifetime, I have gone from seeing African-Americans in my country demonstrating for the right to vote, being attacked by the security forces to, fifty years later, an African-American president in the White House. So, all around the world, improvements in human rights are absolutely possible if brave men and women are willing to put their lives on the line to achieve them,” Ambassador Entwistle said.
Prior to the forum, Nigerian government officials, members of the diplomatic community, and human rights activists, including physically challenged persons, paraded down major streets in Abuja to call for greater protection of human rights 365 days per year, conforming with this year’s theme, “Human Rights 365.”