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OHCHR Trains Justice Law and Order Sector Actors in Karamoja

Moroto: May 2021: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Uganda has undertaken training of members of the Justice, Law, and Order Sector (JLOS) from the Karamoja region on existing and new legislation to protect human rights. The three-day Read more

OHCHR, the UPF, and the UHRC conclude a set of capacity-building training in human rights for senior police officers in the Rwenzori sub-region.

Fort Portal, May 2021: The UN Human Rights Office, the Uganda Police Force, and the Uganda Human Rights Commission conducted a three-day capacity building in human rights for 38 (30 male and 8 female) senior police officers fr Read more

Senior Police Officers of the Kampala Metropolitan Area receive training on human rights

The UN Human Rights Office, the UPC, and the UHRC conducted a three-day capacity building in human rights for 35 (33 male and 2 female) senior police officers of the Kampala Metropolitan Area. 

In line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, aimed at building peace, just Read more

OHCHR Trains Police in Acholi Sub-region

15 April 2021: The UN Human Rights Office in Uganda commenced a three-day human rights capacity building training for forty senior police officers from the districts of Nwoya, Omoro, Amuru, Lamwo and Pader- ASWA sub-region. The training is organised in partnership with the U Read more

UN trains senior officers of the Uganda Police Force from Wakiso District on Human Rights

6 April 2021, Entebbe: - The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) in Uganda, in collaboration with the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), Uganda Police Force (UPF) and Wakiso District Local Government has organised a three days training for 4 Read more

OHCHR emphasizes the role of youth engagement in peacebuilding

30 March 2020:  The Office of the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner (OHCHR) in Uganda supported Wakiso District Human Rights Committee to conduct a community policing and human rights dialogue for district local government leaders, Civil society and Uganda Police Offi Read more

OHCHR Pledges to work with professional bodies for sustainable solutions to the plight of journalists

Ahead of the 2021 general elections, OHCHR, in partnership with UHRC and UN Women, trained 71 journalists in human rights and gender. “The credibility and integrity of any election is determined by the degree to which human ri Read more

Human rights, gender sensitive reporting, ethics and professionalism for journalists in the framework of the electoral process

Considering that the media have a critical role to play in the electoral process by inter alia providing accurate and reliable information to the public in a timely manner, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights organised two training sessions for a selected gr Read more

Harnessing the Youth’s Potential for Sustaining Peace in Uganda

Wakiso 23 October 2020: -Youth and women have a central role in the peace architecture, but also in sustaining peace and in the prevention of conflict – which is a very relevant role in the context of elections. At a three-day training of members of the Wakiso District Human Rights C Read more

Effective partnerships in responding to human rights violations and GBV during covid19 pandemic

Gulu 30 September 2020: The Resident District Gulu City in northern Uganda Major Okot Santos Lapolo has hailed the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)’s efforts in Uganda. Major Okot was speaking at a two-day training workshop of 23 offic Read more

No woman should die giving life - Minister pledges Government's commitment

The Minister of Local Government has pledged the Government’s commitment to improving the financing of the health sector, especially maternal health. “We cannot continue losing mothers and children. As a Ministry, and as Government, we are going to work with the Ministry of Health, an Read more

Assessing the Implications of the Law Revision (Penalties in Criminal Matters) Miscellaneous Amendment Act, 2019

OHCHR Uganda thematic briefing note: - A Step Towards Abolition in Uganda? Assessing the Implications of the Law Revision (Penalties in Criminal Matters) Miscellaneous Amendment Act, 2019.  The United Nations opposes the Read more

Uganda: Supporting the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

OHCHR Uganda is supporting the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and partners in the preparation of a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, where environment and land issues have been identified as priority areas. The draft is being finalized and is expected to be sub Read more

Civil Society Organisations Tipped on Human Rights Advocacy

Kampala, 11 December 2019: “Civil Society Organisations play a critical role in the protection and promotion of human rights, particularly through "identifying, documenting, reporting human rights violations and advocating for redress and accountability", said the Country Representat Read more

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.

Friday 28 June, (Kampala) &n Read more

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.

The United Nations 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

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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