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It is not time to give up - Uganda Women Human Rights Defender - Brenda Kugonza

In February 2019, UN Human Rights launched a campaign to promote the work of Women Human Rights Defenders across the world as part of the commemoration of International Women’s Day 2019. Campaign #ISTANDWITHHER showcases women human rights defenders and expresses support for their work. Read more

UGANDA: Disabilities report stresses need for a more harmonised legal framework

Kampala 12 February 2019 – The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and the UN Human Rights Office launched a Report on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in Uganda. The report provides a legal analysis to assess whether the laws Read more

Experiencing human rights work from a regional perspective: An account of Uganda's UDHR70 Essay Competition Winners

Pearl Kyomuhendo and Ronald Okiring, from Makerere Business School and Makerere University Law Faculty respectively, won the essay competition organized by OHCHR Uganda, the Uganda Human Rights Commission, with the support from t 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 al Read more

A bird's view of the UDHR: A refugee woman's perspective

Ronald Okiring - Winner of the Human Rights Essay Competition in commemoration of the UDHR 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. 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 printe Read more

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&rs Read more

Working with Government to advance the Rights of People Living with Albinism

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Deputy Country Representative Nicole Bjerler has reiterated the call by the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero for all stakeholders to support persons with albinism 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, eve 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 Read more

A ray of hope for people with disabilities in Uganda

In November 2017, OHCHR Uganda supported the Equal Opportunities Commission to generate a report which provides a systematic review of all legislation within Uganda assessed in line of with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRDP). The report analyzed the legal frameworks 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 taugh 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 Read more

Putting human rights at the forefront of Parliament Business

Members of Parliament on the Standing Committee on Human Rights of the 10th Parliament in Uganda were in profound agreement that Parliament is the institution that has a key role in using their influence to urge government to take their reporting obligation seriously. This was at the t Read more

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 Representati Read more

Helping Connect Muslim Heritage and Individual Rights

Muslim Centre for Justice and Law tells of how OHCHR has helped the organisation gain quick acceptance in a rather ‘rigid’ community.

Seven schools in central and eastern Uganda are proud owners of vibrant huma Read more

UN OHCHR Country Representative Challenges Uganda government on disability rights

“Persons with disabilities in Uganda continue to suffer grave human rights abuse despite the existence of a good legal and policy framework”, OHCHR’s Country Representative,  Uchenna Emelonye, said while speaking at a national dissemination meeting of the Concluding Observa Read more

Government has responsibility to promote human rights

The desire for promotion and respect of human rights throughout the year in Uganda and the world over, gained common ground calling for protest against oppression. Describing it as a violation of human rights, the claim provoked several demonstrations that characterized Read more

Working with Gov't Institutions to enhance human rights

The Restoring Law and Order in Karamoja (RELOKA) programme has led to improvements in justice, law and order in the Karamoja region. The programme has achieved this through an increased number of police officers and the re-opening of police outposts in every sub-county. Furthermore, RELOKA is sup 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 tha 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 Read more

IGP sets up team to clear police image

KAMPALA- The growing criticism of the police brutal crackdown on the political Opposition has prompted the police chief, Gen Kale Kayihura, to launch a government inter-agency media campaign to redeem the police’s public and international image, Saturday Monitor has learnt.

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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 wide 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 conce 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 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 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 Kamp Read more