Namibia committed to promoting human rights - Pohamba

12 Dec 2014 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 12 DEC (NAMPA) – The Namibian Government remains committed to promote and protect the fundamental human rights of all citizens, President Hifikepunye Pohamba said on Wednesday.
The president made these remarks in a speech delivered on his behalf by Deputy Prime Minster Marco Hausiku during the commemoration of International Human Rights’ Day, which coincided with Women’s Rights Day.
Women’s Rights Day was commemorated under the theme “Peace in the Home to Peace in Namibia: United to End Violence against Women and Children”.
Pohamba said the government will do its utmost to educate and inform Namibians about their rights so that they can speak without fear whenever these rights are violated or threatened.
“We will continue to put in place policies and programmes aimed at strengthening the enjoyment of these rights.
Our public institutions such as the Ombudsman’s Office and our justice system must defend the fundamental human rights of all our people,” he stressed.
All citizens were also urged to maintain peace, stability and security because these are the bases for promoting and enjoying the fundamental rights enshrined in the Namibian constitution.
10 December was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as International Human Rights’ Day in 1950 to draw attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the important creed for all peoples and all nations of the world.