KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Human rights activists and experts are looking for possible ways to end violent
conflicts and civil wars now tearing apart some African countries such as
Somalia, Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan.
attending the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions’ biennial
conference and its 10th anniversary event that kicked off on Tuesday
in the Rwandan capital Kigali.
The theme of
the Nov. 7-9 event is “A human rights-based approach to implementation of Agenda
2030 and Agenda 2063 -- the role of national human rights institutions.”
such as Somalia, South Sudan and CAR are facing deadly conflicts that have led
to the destruction of property and loss of lives. We need strong and sustainable
measures to end violent conflicts in these countries using peaceful means,” said
Mark Thomson, secretary general of the Association for the Prevention of
Torture, a global forum dedicated to preventing torture and other forms of ill
He said civil
wars and conflicts are root causes of poverty, suffering and malnutrition on the
continent which has derailed Africa social and economic development.
meeting has attracted more than 200 delegates including human rights activists,
government officials, members of academia and civil society organizations from
across 44 member countries of the Network of African National Human Rights
Institutions to seek actions to realize Africa development through protection
of people’s rights.
forum, Johnston Busingye, Rwandan minister of justice said that people in
violence-stricken countries in Africa are needlessly still in poverty, yet they
can be pulled out of it if there is a strong will.
wars and conflicts in some countries in Africa have led to thousands of people
internally displaced or seeking refuge abroad. It is today more than ever that
action must be taken without hesitation to end violence on our continent for the
better future of the generation to come,” the minister said.