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Defending Human Rights Defenders

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Background of the Centre

The Human Rights Centre Uganda (Centre) is a nonprofit organization established in November 2008 with the sole aim of contributing to the protection and promotion of the rights of human rights defenders in Uganda.

Having scanned the environment for the work of human rights actors in Uganda, the Centre is of the view that there is need in Uganda to give emphasis to the promotion and protection of the rights of human rights defenders. Accordingly the Centre will give special emphasis to promoting and protecting the rights of human rights defenders in Uganda.

The Centre recognizes that human rights work requires synergy and collaboration and in its activities will seek to work collaboratively with other actors in the human rights field. Collaboration will especially be emphasized in promotional, research and monitoring activities of the human rights defenders.

“A society in which every individual enjoys his/her universally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms”


“To contribute to the promotion, protection and fulfillment of human rights, particularly the rights of Human Rights Defenders”


  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Respect for all Individuals


The Overall goal is “To strengthen and support the work of HRDs in Uganda.”

Objective 1:  Increase government support for HRDs and HRD work in Uganda

Objective 2:  Strengthen capacity of HRD organisations in Uganda at regional and national level

Objective 3:  Promote public awareness and support for HRDs and their work in Uganda

Objective 4: Strengthen the Centre’s organisational capacity


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    UN expert hails role of equality bodies and action plans in combating racism: NEW YORK / GENEVA (2 November 2016) – States should maximize the use of specialized equality bodies and national action plans to tackle racism and xenophobia, a United Nations human rights expert has said. Using these tools was key to identifying the causes and shaping new policies, said the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Mutuma Ruteere. “National specialized bodies and national action plans address the root causes of discrimination in areas such as employment, housing, education, the justice system, law enforcement and access to different goods and services,” Mr. Ruteree said, presenting a report* to the UN General Assembly. “They also drive change in State and private organizations Read the Special Rapporteur’s report:

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