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HRDs' Report 2016

HRC Defenders Uganda

 

This report provides an analysis of the operating environment
as well as perspectives of HRDs on the extent to which their rights are
promoted and protected. The report also provides perspectives on the
effectiveness of HRD work in Uganda and provides recommendations on how to
strengthen it.


This report also noted the increasing number of petitions filed by
HRDs, which was an indicator of the growing level of confidence that defenders
have in the justice system as an alternative avenue for redress. In particular,
2016 saw the first ever ruling pertinent to LGBTI rights at the sub-regional
level through the East African Court of Justice. This potentially provided
opportunities for defenders to pursue justice not just at domestic level but
also at such alternative fora. 

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Human Rights Defenders Report 2016

HRC Defenders Uganda

 

This report provides an analysis of the operating environment as well as perspectives of HRDs on the extent to which their rights are promoted and protected. The report also provides perspectives on the effectiveness of HRD work in Uganda and provides recommendations on how to strengthen it.

This report also noted the increasing number of petitions filed by HRDs, which was an indicator of the growing level of confidence that defenders have in the justice system as an alternative avenue for redress. In particular, 2016 saw the first ever ruling pertinent to LGBTI rights at the sub-regional level through the East African Court of Justice. This potentially provided opportunities for defenders to pursue justice not just at domestic level but also at such alternative fora. 





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HRDs Report 2014

HRC Defenders Uganda

 

The year 2014 saw a remarkable improvement in the use of advocacy platforms by HRDs as they challenged the Public Order Management Act 2013 (POMA), Anti Homosexuality Act 2014 (AHA) and the Anti-Pornography Act 2014 (APA), the laws that HRDs felt restricted of freedom of expression and association1 as well as the violation of human rights. In 2014, HRDs filed petitions in the Constitutional Court to challenge the APA and AHA at the national level; while at the regional level a petition was filed at the East African Court of Justice to challenge AHA.





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Human Rights Defenders Report 2013

HRC Defenders Uganda

 

This report presents a situational analysis of the working environment of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Uganda in 2013. The report analyses their challenges and opportunities, as well as best practices and makes recommendations to different stakeholders on improving the human rights promotion and protection in Uganda. It captures the trends in the environment in which HRDs operate in Uganda and makes proposals on how it can be improved. It builds on previous studies that have analysed the situation of HRDs.

In Uganda, HRDs face recurrent challenges similar to those in other parts of the world. These include restrictions on fundamental freedoms and human rights, financial constraints, a population that lacks human rights awareness and limited cooperation amongst HRDs. These challenges are perpetuated by both state and non-state actors. It is encouraging to know that despite the challenges, many HRDs are dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights and their efforts are invaluable.

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Human Rights Defenders in Uganda

HRC Defenders Uganda

 

An overview of the working environment for Human Rights Defenders in Uganda.
The defence of human rights is steadily gaining prominence in Uganda. There is also the growing realisation that in the course of defending human rights, many rights have been violeted and this has in many instances gone unnoticed. Concern about the challenges faced by Non-Governmental Organisations, individuals and other organisations involved in the defence of human rights has been one of the major reasons for publishing this report

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Human Rights Defenders in Uganda 2012: The Quest for a Better Working Environment

HRC Defenders Uganda

 

Human rights defenders in Uganda and throughout the world are presented with challenges, both recurrent and emerging new challenges that crop up every year. The challenges include violations of the rights of human rights defenders by state and non-state actors, and financial constraints which severely limit their capacity to undertake effectively the function of defending human rights. Many work conscious of the risk of imprisonment, harassment, physical violence and economic or social marginalization. It is however encouraging and commendable that despite the challenges, many human rights defenders in Uganda have remained dedicated to their work. For that we must continue to encourage and work in solidarity with all human rights defenders as we applaud them for their courageous hard work. Human rights defending are not a walk in the park as often there can be backlash against their work especially where reactionary forces feel that they have a lot to lose from the enforcement of human rights. Everyone engaged in this work should therefore be encouraged and supported.

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Human Rights Defenders in Uganda 2010 - 2011: A Situational Analysis of their Rights and Challenges

HRC Defenders Uganda

 

This report presents a general overview of the situation of Human Rights Defenders working on civil and political rights in Uganda for the period June 2010 to December 2011. The principal objective of the report was to analyse the environment in which defenders of civil and political rights operated in that period. The analysis also covered how the different categories of defenders related with each other and with the government as well as its policies at national and local levels. The report further identified the sources of threats and obstacles against human rights defenders, the operational challenges faced, the utilisation of available protective mechanisms for defenders, best practices and recommendations.

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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: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/71/325

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