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The role of civil society in ensuring the protection and promotion of human rights is crucial during election time.

At a training of youth networks on human rights in the context of the 2020- 2021 elections in Uganda, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Country Representative in Uganda, Mr Robert Kotchani, underscored the role of civil society in ensuring the protection and promotion of human rights. Civil society organisations play an important role in the protection and promotion of human rights particularly during election time and “should be capacitated to bring the youth to the centre of conflict-prevention interventions”, he added.

In his remarks at the opening of a three- Read more

Statement by OHCHR Uganda on the passing of Hon. Med S. K. Kaggwa, Chairperson Uganda Human Rights Commission

Kampala, 20 November 2019:- The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has learnt with the deepest sadness about the sudden passing this morning, of Hon. Med S.K. Kaggwa, Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC).

We have lost a true friend and a passionate and committed advocate for human rights. He dedicated his life to the protection and promotion of human rights in Uganda and on the African continent. His commitment and leadership were instrumental in ensuring strong pa Read more

The truism in enjoyment of fundamental human rights in modern days

Pearl Kyomuhendo - Winner of the Human Righs essay competition in commemoration of the UDHR

The idea of human rights is that each one of us, no matter who we are, how we are born or where we are from, each one of us is entitled to the same basic human rights. It is also understandably clear that human rights are not privileges and they cannot be granted by anyone.

The definition of human rights is more descriptive than specific due to different but similar understanding of the concept of human rights. However, from the reading of the Universal Declaratio Read more

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe cautions security agencies against human rights violations

KAMPALA - OHCHR Uganda commemorated International Human Rights Day in partnership with the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) in Kampala, in Gulu and in Moroto. In all the three locations, the statement of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was read. The statement was also printed in two of the main national daily newspapers. The events saw active involvement and participation of civil society organizations (CSOs) and State entities (line ministries, police, army, and prison services), media and development partners, among others.

In Gulu, more than 600 people, the Read more

Situation of petitioners from Apaa at OHCHR’s Gulu compound

On 11 July 2018, a group of 234 people (including 32 children) from Apaa village, Northern Uganda entered the field office of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Gulu, Northern Uganda, after asking to hand over a petition. OHCHR had no prior knowledge of this action, nor of the petitioners’ intent to set up camp at the premises. The petitioners are demanding that their grievances related to forced evictions and other alleged human rights violations are acted on by national authorities.

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Eliminate Torture, Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Says

“If you misuse power, we will hold you personally liable.” said Hon. Kahinda Otafire, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs at the event to commemorate the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June 2018 in Kampala. The Minister reiterated the government’s position on individual liability for public servants, especially security agencies, for claims of compensations by victims of torture.

The event - under this year’s theme “Rehabilitate Torture Survivors, Bring Perpetuators to Justice.” - was jointly organized b Read more

Experts want witness protection law fast-tracked

The absence of a witness protection law is affecting the trial of suspects for crimes such as defilement and terrorism, experts including judicial officers disclosed on Tuesday as they pushed for a relevant law

Uganda does not yet have a specific law on witness protection, even though some institutions such as Police and the judiciary have mechanisms to protect witnesses.

Uganda Law Reform Commission, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner and Avocats Sans Frontiers, a legal charity, are pushing for a speedy enactment of a witness protection bill int Read more

Ensure media protection and end attacks on journalists - OHCHR urges Government of Uganda

On 3 May, during a joint national event in collaboration with the Uganda Human Rights Commission, and many media associations, OHCHR-Uganda OiC Ms. Grace Pelly, made a speech highlighting the importance of upholding the right of freedom of expression and protecting journalists in Uganda, to mark World Press Freedom Day 2018.

More than 300 people, including representatives of the State, civil society organizations, media practitioners, the private sector and general public were in attendance. The Right Honorable Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda, Rebecca Kadaga officiated at t Read more

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: UN human rights experts call for justice and rehabilitation

GENEVA (25 June 2019) — Victims of torture have a right to redress, including compensation and rehabilitation, the UN anti-torture mechanisms* said today ahead of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, June 26. These mechanisms exist to help ensure justice is done and rehabilitation provided, they said, emphasizing that victims should be at the centre of the process.  

“Timely identification and Read more

UN Human Rights in Partnership to teach short human rights courses

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Uganda and Uganda Christian University (UCU) launched pioneer short courses on human rights targeting university students. A joint press statement issued by the two institutions indicates that the courses will be taught under UCU’s John Sentamu Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian law.

“The main aim of this multi-disciplinary training is to equip students with relevant knowledge on international, regional and national protection frameworks and mechanisms for the protection of human right Read more

Strengthening Responses to Gender integration in programming

Yvonne Masarakufa is a human rights officer and team leader working with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the Gulu field office. She took part in a training on gender integration for OHCHR staff that has helped shape her career as a human rights officer.

“Human Rights Officers too really need to fully understand the connection between human rights and gender issues,” Yvonne admits, adding that the training had made her understand that gender rights do not refer to women's rights only. Issues sho Read more

Launch of the Human Rights Recommendations Database, Kampala - Uganda

Minister of Justice and Constitutional affairs,

The Solicitor General of Uganda,

Chair of the Inter-Ministerial Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

The Chairperson, Uganda Human Rights Commission,

Director, Monitoring and Inspections, Uganda Human Rights Commission

All esteemed guests, ladies and gentlemen,

On behalf of the United Nations Human Rights Office, I warmly welcome you all to this Launch of the novel Human Rights Recommendations Database in Uganda.

First and foremost, I would Read more

Keep restriction on media freedom within acceptable human rights standards, UHRC tells government

The following are the closing remarks made by Dr Katebalirwe Amooti Wa Irumba, acting chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission at the World Press Freedom Day colloquium hosted by African Centre for Media Excellence on 3 May 2016.

Representatives from Government; Representatives from the Academia; Representatives from Civil Society; Representatives from the Media; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen; All Protocol Respectively Observed;

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a privilege and an honour to be asked to address this gatherin Read more

Promoting a human rights –based approach to the National Development Planning

A nation-wide consultations process to inform the second National Development Plan (NDPII) was launched on 19th May 2014 at a training workshop in Entebbe by the National Planning Authority (NPA) targeting district chief administrators and planners to discuss the development issues that Local Governments would like to see addressed in the NDPII.

The main objective of the training workshops is to equip Sector and Local Government [planning] technical officers and district community development officers, with practical skills to apply Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) to d Read more

Working in partnership to enhance the protection and promotion of human rights in Karamoja

The situation of human rights in Karamoja has greatly improved over the past years. This has been due to partnerships among state and non-state actors, and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) through joint monitoring and advocacy with Uganda Human Rights Commission as well as partnership with human rights defenders in the region.

The partnership has helped to strengthen and advocacy and creating interactions for human rights promoters and defenders in the region.

It has widened the awareness creation in the communities .The local communities Read more

UN Decries Irregularities in Polls

Kampala- United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said the world body stands by findings of international election observer groups, the European Union and Commonwealth, which noted widespread irregularities that marred Uganda’s presidential polls held on February 18, 2016.

A spokesperson for Mr Ban Ki-moon, Stephane Dujarric, released a statement in New York on Tuesday night in which the Secretary General called upon “all political actors and Read more

UN cautions MPs on legislation

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights representative to Uganda Dr. Uchenna Emelonye has expressed concern over some of the country’s legislation that could violate human rights.

He said that much as there are positive aspects, they are concerned about the international standards of the public order and management law, the NGO bill and the anti-terrorism bill as far as promotion and protection of human rights is concerned.

Without mentioning particular clauses, Uchenna said, “my accreditation is just about 12 hours old so Read more

OHCHR Trains journalists on human rights and public freedoms

The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner in Uganda has trained a group of 35 journalists from Lango and Acholi sub regions on human rights and public freedom.

The two-day training supported by Uganda Human Rights Commission took place at Doves Nest Hotel outside Gulu town on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The training was intended to equip journalists with relevant human rights knowledge and skills such as strengthening human rights awareness among the journalists, elaborating the nature and scope of international human rights obligation and enhancing t Read more

UNOHCHR to Partner with Parliament on Human Rights Legislation

The Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda, Rt. Hon Rebecca Kadaga on Monday 21st September 2015 received Dr. Uchenna Emelonye the new Country Representative for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Uganda.

During the meeting, Dr. Emelonye expressed interest in working with Parliament, especially in areas of Human Rights. He cited legislations like the Anti-Terrorism Bill and the NGO Bill as areas of interest.

“I would like to work with Parliament as there is a presump Read more

Open Letter to Vice Chancellors of Universities in Uganda

Dear Vice Chancellors, On behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, I am pleased to address this open letter to you and advert your attention to a higher education paradigm through the introduction of human rights as undergraduate common core course.

You may be recalled that the international community emphasized the essence of human rights education in 1995 with the declaration of the UN Decade for Human Rights Education. Calling on States and institutions to include human rights as subjects in the curricula of all lea Read more

UN warns government over police crackdown on opposition

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, country representative, Mr. Uchenna Emelonye addressing journalists at Protea Hotel. Emelonye condemned the clashes involving police and opposition leaders an incident that happened at Kanyaryeru along Kampala Mbarara road ten members of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) including the party’s flag bearer Dr. (rtd) Kizza Besigye were arrested while heading to Rukungiri district for a consultations rally.

United Nations Human Right has condemned the recent clashes Read more

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