Uganda Human Rights Commission staff participates in training for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) on International Human Rights Systems
TheInternational Coordinating Committee (ICC), UN Human Rights and Fredrich Ebert Stifung organizeda capacity building training in Geneva from Monday 4th to Friday 8th May 2015, which drew a total of 14 participants from different NHRIs across the world. Participants of the prestigious training course included staff from different NHRIS including those from Hungary, Zambia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Finland, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Palestine, Armenia, East Timor, Nepal, Ecuador, Malaysia and Uganda. Uganda was represented by Ms. Diana Rutabingwa, a Human Rights Officer under the Directorate of Monitoring and Inspection of the UHRC.
The main objective of the five-day training course was to strengthen the capacity of NHRIs to effectively utilise the United National Human Rights mechanisms. The course specifically aimed at expanding theknowledge of the functioning of the UN Human Rights system; identifying concrete opportunities for NHRIs effective engagement ; identifying practical ways of effective engagement with the UN systems such as report writing and following upwell as sharing experiences and best practices with peer NHRIs and Non-Governmental Organisations.
Among the major highlights of the training was attending live the Sessions of the Committee Against Torture for Macedonia; the Universal Periodic Review Session of Maldives and engaging with the Association of Prevention of Torture (APT) staff, as well as meeting with the President of the Human Rights Council.
Diana Rutabingwa of UHRC (2nd left-seated) displays her Certificate
Diana Rutabingwa of UHRC (extreme right) displaying her Certificate in the company of other participants