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OHCHR Mourns Honorable 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 H Read more

Women Human Rights Defenders Meet Speaker of Parliament Over Human Rights Violations

14 November 2019:- The Network of Women Human Rights Defenders (NHRD) presented key issues that affect them to the Speaker of Parliament -  the Right Honourable Rebecca Kadaga. The meeting was facilitated by Ms Rosa Malango, the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UN R Read more

First National Meeting of CSOs of Persons with Albinism convene for a National Action Plan

Kampala 12 September 2019- "Persons with albinism in Uganda need support. Their experiences of discrimination are multiple and intersecting. Short, medium and long term measures must be put in place for relief, rehabilitation and development initiatives," said Ikponwosa Ero, the UN Indepen Read more

Judicial Training Institute and OHCHR Uganda launch Resource Book on enforcing ESCRs

The Resource Book on Enforcing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) is designed as a reference tool with cases and materials that would help members of the judiciary understand the nature and content of ESCR and adjudicate related cases.

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United to promote human rights and defend defenders

Women human defenders from across Uganda have shown more commitment to defend the human rights of all, engage constructively in the promotion and protection of women’s rights, and gender equality.

At a three-day training for Women Human Rights Defenders on engagement with internatio Read more

OHCHR Uganda strengthens media’s capacity to promote fundamental freedoms

Thirty media professionals from Karamoja, Soroti, Mbale and Kapchorwa were trained on fundamental freedoms and women’s empowerment from 26 to 28 June 2019.

Friday 28 June 2019 (Kapchorwa) – OHCHR in partnership with the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) organ 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

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

Forging partnership on Human Rights Approach to Data in Uganda

Four Ugandan national Institutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that seeks to strengthen cooperation on data collection, disaggregation, dissemination and analysis to help measure progress and ensure that no one is left behind.

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Training of State Prosecutors on Prevention and Prohibition of Torture

Remarks by Ms. Nicole Bjerler Deputy Head of Office in Uganda - UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Uganda

  • The Director Public Prosecutions, Hon. Justice Mike Chibita
  • The Senior St 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

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

EOC and OHCHR launch Report on Situation of Persons with Albinism in Uganda

The Report titledEnhancing Equality and Countering Discrimination against Persons with Albinism in Uganda” was launched at the official commemoration event of International Albinism Awareness Day on 13 June in Kampala.

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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

OHCHR Uganda reaffirms commitment to continued support to the Universal Periodic Review for Uganda

Entebbe 29 May – The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Uganda has reaffirmed its continued commitment to support the government of Uganda in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. This commitme Read more

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

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

Supporting the Parliament of Uganda to uphold equality and non-discrimination

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Country Representative Robert Kotchani has commended the Government of Uganda for putting in place institutional frameworks to operationalise and uphold the principles of equality and non-discrimination.

Robert Kotchani was spea 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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