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Project/Programme Title: Promote Awareness and Understanding of Human Rights

Duration:1 November, 2014 till: 31st October, 2017

Country: Uganda

 Austrian Development Cooperation Project/Programme Number:2755-00/2014

Name of Partner Organisation: Human Rights Centre Uganda (HRCU)

1.    Introduction/Background

The Uganda Parliament debates and enacts numerous laws, however on several occasions, the content of these laws is not publicized, or disseminated sufficiently to all stakeholders including those that are meant to interpret, implement and enforce these laws. Enactment of read more...

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The sixth Annual Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in Uganda


The general overview of this sixth Annual Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in Uganda

The Human Rights Centre Uganda is pleased to launch its sixth annual report on the working environment of human rights defenders in Uganda for the period of 2016 titled; “HRDs Striving for a Better Environment for the Protection and Promotion of their Rights.” This report provides an analysis on the operating environment as well as perspectives of HRDs on the extent to which their rights are promoted and protected. The report further provides information on the effectiveness of human rights defenders work in Uganda and recommendations on how to read more...

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HRDs' Annual Forum

Under the theme “Harnessing Grassroots and National Strength: Empowering Human Rights Defenders for Better Human Rights Protection and Advocacy in Uganda” the Human Rights Centre Uganda organized its fifth Human Rights Defenders Annual Forum from 22nd -24th March 2017 at Silver Springs Hotel.

The overall objective of this forum is to enhance cooperation amongst Human Rights Defenders and establish effective strategies in addressing the current issues embedded in the working environment of human rights defenders in Uganda. Atleast 150 participants are in attendance, drawn from civil society organisations all over Uganda, Government, Development Partners and the Media.

The forum will provide

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Human Rights Defenders - News

 NGO and National Human Rights Institutions Information from the United Nations Human Rights Council

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) can be accredited to participate in the Human Rights Council’s sessions as Observers. They can address the Council during interactive discussions and debates thus highlighting human rights situations around the globe.

In order for an NHRI to attain “A” status, it must perform its responsibilities in accordance with the Paris Principles and the Global Alliance of Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) Statute. Accreditation of “A” status is done by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights read more...

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Today on the 9th December 2015, the Human Rights Centre Uganda (HRCU), the African Great Lakes Human Rights Defenders Protection Fund (The Fund), National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (NCHRDs) and other civil society organisations join the rest of the world to commemorate the International Human Rights Defenders Day with a call for increased support and respect for human rights defenders.

In 1998, the UN General Assembly adopted the landmark Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. The adoption of the Declaration was a critical point in human rights history because it was recognised in international law as the extreme importance and legitimacy of human rights activity, and the need to protect human read more...

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GENEVA (22 October 2015)

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday strongly criticized the detention of migrants and refugees who have arrived in the Czech Republic since August 2015, drawing particular attention to the violations of the rights of the children among them.

Over the last two months, several European countries of transit have been employing restrictive policies against migrants and refugees who are trying to reach European countries further north. However, the Czech Republic is unique in routinely subjecting these migrants and refugees to detention for 40 days, and reportedly sometimes even longer -- up to 90 days -- in conditions which have been described as degrading.

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Condolence Message on the Death of General Aronda Nyakairima


H. E.The President of Uganda,

The family of the Late Aronda Nyakairima,

Human Rights Defenders,

The People of Uganda,

17th September, 2015





Condolence Message on the Death of General Aronda Nyakairima


The Human Rights Centre Uganda extends our deepest condolences to the family, His Excellency the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, human rights defenders, friends and all Ugandans read more...

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L-R: Current UN Special Rapportuer on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders Michel Forst and the Former Ms. Magraret Sekaggya taking part in the #WeDefend Campaign during the consultation meeting on the model law. Photo credit goes to Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network.

The Human Rights Centre Uganda participated in a regional consultation meeting on the law on recognition and protection of Human rights defenders. This meeting was organized by East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project in partnership with International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) on 20th May, 2015 at Munyonyo Common Wealth Resort. The Consultation meeting was attended by human rights defenders from Anglophone African region read more...

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Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) are individuals, groups or organisations who work to promote and protect human rights in a peaceful manner. They play an important role in promoting and protecting the rights and fundamental freedoms that citizens are entitled to. HRDs in Uganda have faced challenges in their work ranging from arrests, threats, attacks from state and no state actors, inadequate funding, office break ins, and restrictive legislation amongst others. It is therefore important for HRDs to meet and address prospects and challenges faced in their work.


The Human Rights Centre Uganda (HRCU) in

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Press Release:Annual National Civil Society Fair on The Theme Celebrating East African Citizenship.

Preparations are underway towards the 4th Edition of the Annual National Civil Society Fair to be held from 26th-27th June, 2014 at Hotel Africana on the theme "Celebrating East African Citizenship". The Civil Society Fair is a flagship event that has been firmly established as a major platform that brings together civil society organizations to showcase their contribution to development and dialogue on key challenges facing the country.

The civil society fair is organized jointly by civil society organizations in Uganda with the support of development partners and private sector firms. This year's CSO Fair will offer a unique avenue for ordinary citizens, researchers, read more...

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  • 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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