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 commitment was made by OHCHR Uganda Country Representative Robert Kotchani at the opening of a three-day consultative meeting on the Universal Periodic Review mid-term report at Imperial Golf View Hotel in Entebbe. He highlighted the potential of the Inter-Ministerial Committee to create a positive impact on the human rights of the people of Uganda through the UPR process and emphasized in particular, the importance of the mid-term reporting. “Though the process is voluntary, the mid-term reporting exercise provides greater accountability for steps taken to further human rights commitments.” Kotchani noted, adding that the mid-term reporting “avails the Government of Uganda the opportunity to make amendments and to refocus on the implementation of thematic areas.”
The mid-term reporting is a practice of voluntary endeavour by States to submit mid-term reports on the process of implementation of commitments made during the Universal Periodic Review. The practice has so far seen 74 States submitting, on a voluntary basis, their mid-term reports to the Human Rights Council.
The consultative meeting was organised in close collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC). It is one of several efforts by OHCHR Uganda to empower the Inter-Ministerial Committee – whose membership is drawn from different Ministries, Departments and agencies (MDAs) to implement, at the national level, the recommendations from international, regional and national human Rights mechanisms.
Speaking at the consultative meeting, Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative, Comfort Amviko thanked OHCHR for it continued support in the field of human rights and called on the participants to work hard and make the UPR process a success. “It is a collective responsibility to contribute to the success and quality of the implementation of the UPR recommendations,” Amviko noted.