International human rights activist visits Gambia

Friday, March 16, 2018

The president of Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) Dr. Mary Shuttleworth is currently on an official working visit to The Gambia.

She is expected to hold discussions with President Barrow, the minister of Youth and Sports, The EU ambassador among other relevant stakeholders. She was received at the Banjul International Airport by the executive director of Beakanyang, Nfamara Jawneh, and human rights school clubs of Nusrat and Masroor senior secondary schools respectively.

Speaking to journalists at the Banjul International Airport, Dr. Mary Shuttleworth spoke at length on the significance of her visit to The Gambia.

She explained the purpose of her visit, saying it includes interacting with youths about human rights particularly the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights so as to inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace.

“I was very inspired when I heard President Barrow said he wants to make Gambia a human rights capital for Africa. That’s a big statement. Although, I know there are many problems; however, nowhere in the world is perfect,” she acknowledged.

Education, she said, is not the only solutions “but we need to start from the foundation. Therefore we need to give them the knowledge.”

Dr. Mary said human rights and human rights education and justice work together, saying that it is of paramount significance for us to understand about human rights in order to address them.

“Human rights abuses are everywhere in the world but we can address them and that’s by educating our youths,” she said.

We are global groups and we operate in more than hundreds countries at different levels, she disclosed.

 What we want to do, she explained, is to make sure that people in the world have the same definition for human rights. She argued that if there’s single definition about human rights, then we will be able to move together in one direction.

If we say we have the same definition of human rights now; we can start moving together as a global community.”

The executive director of Beakanyang, Nfamara Jawneh, welcomed Dr. Mary to The Gambia.

Her visit, he said, will go a long way towards improving human rights in The Gambia.

Author: Momodou Jawo