The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Uganda will be celebrating International Human Rights Day and commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 2018. The celebrations will be taking place both in the field; Gulu and Moroto, as well as in the capital Kampala.
In Kampala, the event will consist of a peaceful procession and a commemorative event featuring speeches and awards given to winners of essay and drawing competitions that targeted students in university and higher institutions of learning in Uganda, and young people of 5 to 18 years of age. During the same event, a Human Rights Museum will be launched and later developed and hosted by the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC).
In Gulu field office, the team has planned joint radio talk shows to sensitize the public on the significance of the UDHR and to mobilise for the celebrations on 10 December 2018. In addition, a joint monitoring visit to Gulu prison and Gulu remand home are planned, during which some donations will be handed to children at conflict with law. The main event will start will a procession from the compound of the RDC’s office Kaunda Grounds. Key speakers at the event will include; His Lordship the mayor of Gulu Municipal Council, the Chairperson Local Council III, the Ker Kwaro – traditional leader of Acholi, representatives of Civil Society. The event is jointly organized by Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) and OHCHR. The Resident District Commission will be the Chief Guest.
In the Moroto field office, the public are invited to convene at Camp Swahilli from where a peaceful procession will start and end at Boma Grounds where local leaders, representatives of Karamoja based CSOs/Legal Aid Agencies will give remarks. The UN Area Coordinator (UNAC) will share the secretary General’s Message on Human Rights Day, and OHCHR team leader will read the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights statement. The function, which is jointly organized by the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) and UN OHCHR will be addressed by the Human Rights Officer – UHRC Karamoja sub region, and the Morot District Chairperson. The Resident District Commissioner will be the Chief Guest.