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UN maintains UHRC at ‘A” Status accreditation under the Paris Principles

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 18:07

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) was re-accredited to A” status by the United Nation’s International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of National Human Rights Institutions after having been assessed to be compliant with the Paris Principles. UHRC which has previously held the same accreditation status since 2005 has once again passed the test this year after being considered for re-accreditation at ‘A’ status by the ICC Sub –Committee on Accreditation (SCA) at its session in Geneva which sat from 13 to 17 May 2013.

The decision communicated to the Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission Mr. Med S.K Kaggwa...

UHRC Holds A Conference To Launch The Development Of The National Action Plan On Human Rights

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 18:04

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) together with The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) are organizing a one day conference which will take place on 14 th August 2013 at Common Wealth Banquet Hall, Speke Resort Munyonyo. The main objective of the conference is to launch the development of the Uganda National Action Plan on Human Rights as well as celebrate the 20 th Anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and plan of Action.

The anniversary will provide an opportunity to officially launch the process of developing the Uganda Action Plan for Human Rights, a voluntary pledge that was made...

UHRC Statement on the recent ‘Shoot to Kill’ Order by the Uganda Police Force

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 18:01

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) is disturbed by the recent ‘shoot to kill ‘order by the Uganda Police Force and urgently calls upon the Police to clarify the circumstances under which this seemingly blanket order should be applied.

The Uganda Human Rights Commission is equally perturbed by the escalating incidents of crime involving rampant killings of Police Officers and other members of the public in various places of the country, which currently pause an enormous challenge to the Police, given its mandate contained in Section 4 (a) and (e) of the Police Act (2006) to protect the life,...

Statement on the Police assault of a former employee of Mukwano Group of Companies

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 17:59

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) is appalled by recent media reports of a Police Commander of Kyambogo Police Post ASP Okumu and two other police officers that badly assaulted a former employee of Mukwano Group of Companies Mr. Suuna Kassim at the Mukwano premises and the victim is currently admitted at Mulago Hospital after sustaining serious injuries from the brutal beatings witnessed by the country on Bukedde Television and other media channels.

The UHRC strongly condemns the barbaric, high handed and un professional behavior of Police Commander Mr. Okumu and his two colleagues who did not...

Monitoring places of detention

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 17:56

On 19-22 November 2013 representatives of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) from 11 African countries will gather at Speke Resort Kampala, Uganda for a workshop on how to monitor places of detention.

To effectively prevent torture, the institutions in charge of protecting human rights need to build and strengthen knowledge and skills on detention monitoring particularly with regards with the methodology of preparing, conducting and following up on visits. This is something that the Swiss-based Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), in partnership with the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI), wants to address through a...

Press statement on the launch of the UHRC Client Charter

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 17:54

It is my pleasure to address you this morning as we launch the Uganda Human Rights Commission’s first Client Charter. As you are all aware, the Uganda Human Rights Commission is duty bound to protect and promote human rights in the Country and therefore puts its clients at the forefront in pursuit of this commitment. It is against this background that the Uganda Human Rights Commission formulated a Client Charter in a bid to improve service delivery and maintain our status as the best National Human Rights Institution not only in Africa but the world over.

This Client Charter...

UHRC Statement on the recent 'Shoot to Kill' Order by the Uganda Police Force

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 17:52

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) previously issued a statement to the country on Friday 6 th September 2013 voicing its concerns about the 'Shoot to Kill 'order the by the Uganda Police Force and calling upon the Force to clarify the circumstances under which the order should be applied.

Barely a year later, the UHRC has noted that the police once again issued the 'Shoot to Kill' Order at a press conference held on Monday this week .following reports of increasing attacks by armed thugs targeting police officers in the line of duty. Whereas the Uganda Human Rights...

UHRC together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hold consultative meeting on developing the Uganda Human Rights National Action Plan

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 17:48

The Uganda Human Rights Commission together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hold a stakeholders’ consultative meeting for local government leaders from the central region on Wednesday 9 th April 2014 as one of the ways of ensuring that the process of developing the Uganda Human Rights National Action Plan is participatory, broad based and transparent.

The meeting which is being spearheaded by the Central Regional Office of the Uganda Human Rights Commission is in fulfillment of the UHRC’s constitutional mandate to protect and promote human rights through various ways including advocating and monitoring human rights mechanisms...

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