A two-day virtual international human rights summit on Covid-19 and abuses in South Korea began on Thursday.
Human rights defenders from across all corners of the world joined the first day of the summit with an urgent call for the government of South Korea to respect the human rights of its people.
Opening the summit, the Director of the Accra Human Rights Forum International (AHRFI), A. Kwabena Brako challenged participants to rally behind other nationals that are facing oppression in their countries.
The summit was addressed by speakers from South Korea and Ghana, including the Director of Campaign and Advocacy at the Accra Human Rights Forum International, Isaac Kwame Batun.
Mr Batun noted that: “Our very existence bothers on human rights and we must not rent it to anyone the way we do to accommodations, not even our governments.”
He said the failure to respect the rights of others poses threat to global peace, security and development.
The human rights summit continues on Friday and it would be addressed by Ambassador Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi who is a former Chairman of the United Nations Human Rights Council and Richard Normanyo, a private legal practitioner.