Celebrating Sheikh Munir
Since this is an inaugural article on this column, allow me to start by celebrating a hero that drove me to human rights. He is Sheikh Munir Mazrui. Apart from being founder of MUHURI and Haki Africa, Sheikh Munir was a Trustee and founder of CICC. He has been in the board since 2001 when the organization was formed. Sheikh Munir is an Islamic Scholar and human rights activist. He was one of the pioneers who started the Ukumbi wa Kislaamu TV show in the KBC. Sheikh Munir is not only the father of Human Rights at the coast region but also the doyen of interfaith and interreligious tolerance. He remains the pinnacle and doyen of democracy and civil liberty at the Coast and Kenya at large. Though old age has caught up with him, at 82 he is still strong and ardent in his quest for freedom and equality.
Celebrating Hussein Khalid
So 10th December 2016 is Human Rights Day! It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was in 1950 that the United Nation’s Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.
What strikes my mind (my heart included) is this year’s Human Rights Day theme that calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights! It has elicited my feelings to think of someone I know who have several times stood up for others rights. It is true to note that many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Violations and disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears as our humane values continue to be under attack.