In the course of implementing the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, 2012, gaps have been identified that affect the effective implementation of the Act. These gaps could be addressed through development of Regulations. In 2015, the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs requested the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) to propose provisions to be included in Regulations of the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, 2012. In light of this, UHRC with support from UN OHCHR organized a one day stakeholders meeting in October 2015 to discuss provisions to be incorporated in the draft PPTA regulations. The meeting was aimed at getting input from the relevant key stakeholders who participated in development of the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Law in Uganda in 2009, and targeted all the Coalition against Torture (CAT) members and several Government MDAs. The Uganda Human Rights Commission developed the draft regulations.
The validation meeting of 11 May 2016 is aimed at ddeveloping the final draft regulations to the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, 2012. The validation meeting brings together all the relevant stakeholders for a collective reflection on the inputs given in the last stakeholders’ meeting, review the draft regulations and come up with the final draft of the regulations. It is also hoped that the validation meeting will secure a commitment from all the relevant stakeholders to support, promote and implement the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, 2012 and the regulations.
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