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Innocent Chukwuma was a committed advocate of human rights

We at the IDC, Chandigarh, India, are shocked to hear about the sad demise of Innocent Chukwuma on 3rd April 2021. He was a committed advocate of human rights, an associate of progressive movements around the globe, particularly in post-colonial societies, and a courageous advocate of freedom of expression.

I knew him for nearly 20 years. He was a friend, an associate and his contributions to police reforms around the world earlier as a member of Altus justice global alliance and now as an associate of Afro-Asian Justice Alliance were seminal.

He was a well-integrated human being. He embraced knowledge as a humble being to make a difference in the initial years of his life as a student activist from the demand side of justice and in later years as a founder of CLEEN foundation from the supply side of justice. His sad demise has created a vacuum for civil society activists in the developing world and particularly in Nigeria, as his work touched many people around him.

Nothing more to add than to quote Antony’s words on the death of Brutus in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: His life was gentle, and the elements mixed so well in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, “This was a Man!”

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends; and CLEEN foundation. May his soul rest in peace.