Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) on 25th May 2017 launched its Annual Report on the Human right situation of human rights in the country to the general public at Imperial Royale Hotel at Kampala in a function that drew a total of 200 participants among which included Representatives from the Members of Parliament, Human Rights Committee Parliament, Ambassadors, Representatives from the Embassy, Civil Society Organizations, Media, Staff UHRC.
In his opening remarks, the Acting Chairperson Dr. Katebalirwe Amooti Wa Irumba who officially launched the UHRC 19th Annual Report welcomed the guests and thanked them for dedicating time off their busy schedules to attend the event. He also extended his appreciation to UHRC partners, particularly the Government of Uganda, the various local governments, Development Partners and the Civil Society Organizations for their consistent and continued financial and technical support to the UHRC in the performance of its functions.
The 19th Annual Report for the year 2016 consists of nine chapters. They include a special focus on torture as a human rights issue; the human rights situation in prison farms; the human rights implications of the 2016 general elections, an assessment of maternal and reproductive health services in the country; UHRC’s position on selected Bills; updates on Uganda’s reporting on international and regional human rights mechanisms; and highlights of the UHRC interventions carried out during 2016. The report also contains a special chapter on emerging human rights issues in 2016 namely: child marriages, the plight of unaccompanied refugee minors, strikes in universities, alcohol and illicit drug abuse especially by the youth, as well as the post cordon and search disarmament in Karamoja.
UHRC has fruitfully produced a braille version of the report, in order to enable persons with visual impairments access information on the state of human rights. In addition, a summarized version of the report commonly referred to as the ‘Popular version’ is also made available for public consumption. Furthermore it has been uploaded on the UHRC website, with an audio option available to cater for persons with visual impairments.