The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) is gearing up for the second phase of country-wide tribunal sessions slated for the month of April this year. According to the Cause List issued by the Acting Registrar Ms. Musiimenta Dorcus, the sessions will run from April 1, to 17, 2019.
The Sessions will be presided over by the three Members of the Commission; Dr. Katebalirwe Amooti Wa Irumba, Hon. Meddie B. Mulumba and Hon. Victoria Rusoke Businge. As has always been the practice, the Tribunal sessions will be conducted at the different UHRC Regional offices located in Fort Portal, Kampala, Arua, Mbarara, Jinja and Masaka. The UHRC Tribunal hearings will be implemented courtesy of funds from Democratic Governance Group (DGF) and Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS).
According to the recently released Cause List, the Tribunal sessions will begin on Monday April 1, 2019 with Commissioner Dr. Katebalirwe Amooti presiding over sessions to be held in the UHRC Fort Portal Regional Office, Commissioner Meddie Mulumba will preside over those to be heard at the Kampala Central Regional Office and Commissioner Victoria Rusoke will preside over the tribunal sessions to be held in Arua Regional Office. Some of the matters to be heard will be for decision, others for further hearing and some will be for first time hearing.
This is UHRC’s second tribunal session this year, the first having been completed earlier in February 2019. The Commission conducts tribunal hearings under Section 52(1) (a) and section 53 (1) and (2) which give UHRC powers to investigate complaints of human rights violations and order compensation or any other legal remedy or redress where it is satisfied that the victim’s rights were indeed violated.
In exercise of its mandate, the commission has powers of a Court to summon anyone and can commit anyone, found in contempt of its orders, to a civil prison.