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President Wang Receives Delegation of the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria

  • PostDate:2012-09-13

On the morning of September 11, Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien, Vice President Chen Jinn-lih and Deputy Secretary-General Hsu Hai-Chuan received a delegation of the Nigerian National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), headed by Executive Secretary (equivalent to a ministerial official) Prof. Bem Angwe, to exchange views on human rights protection.
In his welcoming remarks, President Wang said that although many countries have established relevant laws, regulations and even independent institutions promoting anti-corruption and human rights protection, weak implementation has allowed corruption and destitution to remain pervasive. Considering that a lack of peace and harmony endangers people’s economic rights, "execution" becomes crucial to implementing effective mechanisms. Nigeria will be able to eliminate corruption and promote economic development, improving the welfare and security of its people, only when government officials at all levels fully execute the necessary policies and regulations.
President Wang suggested that given its abundant natural resources and large population, Nigeria should make the best possible use of its "human resources" to lift its people out of poverty and improve both the country's overall development and the protection of human rights. Hopefully, as the head of NHRC, Prof. Angwe will make more recommendations on government administration and policymaking to promote these goals. Prof. Angwe thanked President Wang for his constructive and thought-provoking words and expressed a strong interest in encouraging greater collaboration and more exchanges on human rights protection between the two institutions.
Towards the end of the meeting, President Wang presented the guests with a custom-made mug printed with a rooster portrait. Originating as part of a Portuguese tale, the rooster is a symbol of justice, President Wang said. He stressed that the mug should serve as a reminder that every charge brought by Control Yuan or the NHRC must be supported by solid evidence. President Wang encouraged the staff of both organizations to promote human rights by carrying out their duties with impartiality.