Launch of database on human rights state reporting

At the launch of a the Human Rights Recommendations Database to monitor the status of Government’s implementation of  human rights recommendations issued by various human rights mechanisms, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Country Representative in Uganda, Uchenna Emelonye said, the database Bottom of Form

"will bring efficiency in compilation of information and will help avoid the ad hoc manner in which state reports have been prepared in the past and the persistent delays in their submission," He stressed the need for government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)  to regularly update the database with relevant information on actions being taken to implement human rights recommendations.

The Deputy Attorney General, Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana said in his speech read by the Director of Legal Services at the Ministry of Justice, Christopher Gashirabake, that crucial information relating to human rights obligations of the Government will be collected. "This could particularly serve as a foundation for reporting to national oversight bodies, regional and international mechanisms," he said.  "Based on the realization of difficulties faced in attaining information for state reporting to not only the Human Rights Council, but also on treaty body reporting, the database would go a long way in complementing these processes,"

Both duty bearers and rights holders present at the 4 August 2016 launch of the Human Rights Recommendations Database at Protea Hotel in Kampala - Uganda, hosted by the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), argued that the Commission was making good progress in enabling the tracking, coordination and implementation of human rights recommendations at national and from the international human rights mechanisms.

The Chairperson Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) Mr. Med Kaggwa pointed out that without the political will, the database would be an exercise in futility.  "The database will help us to monitor Government's compliance on human rights records.” He pointed out.  Adding that the database will help in checking on accountability of different ministries mandated to implement recommendations on respect and promotion of human rights.

The Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee in Uganda’s 10th Parliament Hon.  Jovia Kamateka said the database will help to create a positive image for government at national, regional and international level. "It will help us to build on the success we have registered," Kamateka said. She also said it will enable the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to be consistent and transparent.

Assistant commissioner of Police, Dinah Kyasiimire said the database has helped the Police to have information in one place unlike before when the information was scattered.

The UHRC has captured all the human rights recommendations made at national, regional and international levels, and public and civil servants working in different government ministries, departments and agencies will be able to access information from the database relating to human rights.

The database was created by UHRC with support from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [in Uganda]. This launch places Uganda as the first African Country to have such a Database in place.