About UHRC

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) was established under the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. The decision to establish a permanent body to monitor the human rights situation in the country was in recognition of Uganda’s violent and turbulent history that had been characterized by arbitrary arrests, detention without trial, torture and brutal repression with impunity on the part of security organs during the pre and post independence era.


Legal Establishment

The Commission was established under the provisions of Article 51(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. The Constitution of Uganda and the Uganda Human Rights Act of 1997 provide the legal mandate, functions and the powers of the Commission.


UHRC Vision

A society that respects human rights and fulfills civic obligations.


UHRC Mission Statement

To protect and promote fundamental Human Rights and freedoms in Uganda for sustainable development.


UHRC Values and Principles

  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Fairness
  • Dignity of the person
  • Independence
  • Professionalism
  • Non-discrimination



Human Rights: the Key to Development