It is prudent to be wary of “reports” by the US based Human Rights Watch. Human Rights, both in National and International Law, come under the watch of one of the authors (Dr. Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai) as a University professor. He has written on the subject enough to know the “holier -than-thou” attitude of the octopus organisation, Human Rights Watch.
Such organisations tend to see human rights violations in every other state in our universe, except in the
However, we would like to draw the attention of Human Rights Watch to a very recent editorial published in the New York Times of 8th October 2007 entitled “On Torture and American Values”. Also, Human Rights Watch should react to the accusations by the Cuban delegation to the just concluded United Nations 62nd Session, as well as the remarks by the Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, the Iranian President, Mamoud Ahmadinajad and other recent commentaries including Dr. Esiemokhai’s research published in his book entitled “IRAQ: The New Carthage. International Law and Diplomacy in the Iraqi Crisis” (2003).
Until Human Rights Watch takes on a fairer and more balanced view of Human Rights violations across all the world frontiers, its authoritative pronouncements can only impress those, who have not looked at the preponderance of evidence.
We all admit that it is true that the April 2007 elections in
For example, we all know that corruption in
Wholesale looting of African and Nigerian treasuries for safe keeping in Euro-American financial houses every day, violates the human rights of Africans and Nigerians, more than equally damnable electoral mal-practices. Where can we start to count as evidence abound that great museums of Europe and America are richly furnished with numerous “LOOTS” from African countries while Africans continue to be impoverished? To add insults to injury, Euro-American journalists and other commentators always feel that they have the licence and right to insult African leaders, while they hold their leaders in high esteem and pedestal, even when such leaders commit atrocities around the globe. It is un-condonable, that the world’s greatest Looters of humans and materials as well the greatest accomplices to corruption practices are taking a holier than thou hypocritical stance.
We are really tired of all these reports on the level of corruption in
Seriously, we don’t think the outside world; especially the super powers are interested in finding a working, practical solution for
The pressure will come, if Nigerians abroad and those at home will band together and march in the streets of London, New York, Washington DC, Luxembourg, Sidney, Johannesburg and Switzerland and demand that these countries as “accomplices” are responsible for our problems, nothing will change. If we can’t do that, all these hypocritical reports will not solve any problem. The international pressure and international press can have a resounding lasting effect.
But do we have the guts or the willingness to do that? Who’s going to champion that?
Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai is a Professor of Law at The School of Law, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao, China.
Akintokunbo Adejumo, a social and political commentator on Nigerian issues, lives and works in London,
Mazi Ogbonna, an IT Consultant and Publisher lives and works in New York,