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Defending Human Rights Defenders


Mr. J.M. Aliro Omara - Chairperson


Mr. Aliro Joel Omara is a founding member and the Chairperson - Board of Director of the Human Rights Centre Uganda. He is also a former Commissioner at the Uganda Human Rights Commission where he served for 12 years. He is currently a member of the Governing Council of the African Peer Review Mechanism as chair of the thematic Area of Human Rights Democracy and Good Governance.

He holds an LLB (Hon) degree from Makerere University and a Diploma in Legal Practice, LDC (Makerere). He has been an advocate of the High Court since 1976, worked as a State Attorney, Magistrate, and Senior Lecturer in Law at Moshi Co-operative College- Tanzania, Member of Parliament and Government Minister of Uganda and he participated in the drawing of a Draft Bill of Rights for the East African Community.
He helped in setting up human rights Commissions in various countries and has undertaken several consultancies in various fields of human rights.

Ms. Margaret Sekaggya - Executive Director


Margaret Sekaggya is a founding member and Executive Director of the Human Rights Centre Uganda. She is also the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders and the former Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission where she served from 1996-2008 (12 years).

She holds an LLB (Hon) degree from Makerere University, Diploma in Legal Practice, LDC (Makerere) and a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from the University of Zambia. She has worked in the Judiciary in Uganda and Zambia and also worked for over seven years with the United Nations Institute for Namibia. She taught law in various institutions including the Law Development Centre, Uganda. She was a Commissioner with the Uganda Interim Electoral Commission, which organised the 1996 elections. She has also assisted in the setting up of other National Human Rights Commissions and was the chairperson of the Commonwealth National Human Rights Institutions and the African National Human Rights Institutions Network.

Ms. Deborah Nsereko - Director


Ms. Deborah Nsereko is a Director of Human Rights Centre Uganda and She is also a consultant with true North Africa since June 2013 and has previously worked as the Commercial Manager of Mantrac Uganda Ltd (formerly Gailey and Roberts); Rhone Pulenc (Avenis) as a Finance and Administrative Manager; Ryce Motors Kenya Ltd as a Chief Accountant; Samvir & Company Certified Public Accountants as an auditor; the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi as an Assistant Accountant; and Lawrie Prophet and Company as an audit trainee.

Ms. Nsereko holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from Makerere University; a CPA from the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Kenya; and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Robert R. Kirenga - Director


Mr. Robert Kirenga is one of the Directors of the Human Rights Centre Uganda. He previously worked with the Uganda Human Rights Commission as a Director for Regional Services. He has also worked in Somalia with Progressio (an international organization) as a Capacity Building Advisor on Human rights and Governance. He has also been a part-time lecturer at the Uganda Martyrs University-Rubaga campus teaching International human rights law to post graduate students. He has also worked as an International consultant with OHCHR and UNDP Zimbabwe country Office.

Mr. Kirenga holds an MA in Human Rights-(University of Oslo, Norway), a BA in Political Science and Public Administration (Makerere University) and a Diploma in Law (Law Development Centre) and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Law and Organization Development (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands).


  • By: jose
    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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