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Defending Human Rights Defenders


As an organization that promotes and protects the rights of human rights defenders HRCU receives a growing number of people approaching it for legal advice on a number of issues. The issues range from those specific to HRDs such as seeking to know how best they could defend their constituents in accordance with the law, to general human rights violations for which they needed assistance/advice. It therefore means that HRCU serves not only HRDs but also all other people who approached it. Some people physically come to HRCU while others make phone calls. HRCU is able to conclude some cases whereby people get the necessary advice while those that require further legal steps and assistance are referred to partner organisations and institutions in accordance with HRCU’s referral system.

Legal Aid service providers that partner with HRCU.
Legal Aid Clinic of the Uganda Law Society,
Foundation for Human Rights Initiative,
Uganda Christian Lawyers’ Fraternity,
Legal Aid Service Providers’ Network,
just to mention but a few.

(A cross section of legal aid service providers laying strategies for improving legal aid service delivery)

(HRDs who attended the consultative meeting on legal services pose for a group photo)


  • 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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