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The United Nations recently called for a vote on the General Assembly’s resolution on human rights defenders.  This resolution seeks to protect human rights defenders who are almost always exposed to all sorts of attacks and risks.

114 countries voted in favour of the resolution while 14 voted against it ; Nigeria alongside authoritarian states like North Korea and China voted against it . The implication of this is that the state cannot guarantee the protection of persons who speak against societal injustices and advocate for the welfare of vulnerable groups.

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This begs the question; are we practising a real democracy or a nominal democracy?