Press Releases

Statement on police brutality against some journalists

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 09:04

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) whose mandate is to protect and promote human rights is appalled by yesterday’s incident involving the use of excessive force by some police officers against some journalists, which was aired on various media last night. The journalists were reported to have been covering an incident involving a clash between police and a group of youth who were allegedly demonstrating.

Statement on the recent reports of torture of a baby by a housemaid in Naalya (Kampala suburb) and the accident involving the death of a baby at City Hall

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:30

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) adds its voice to those of other concerned Ugandans to condemn in the strongest terms possible the barbaric and despicable act by Jolly Tumuhiirwe, the house maid who meted violence and torture against an innocent one and a half year-old baby belonging to Eric Kamanzi and Angella Mbabazi at their home in Naalya, a Kampala suburb. The horrific video footage which was first circulated last Friday evening on social media and television and later other details published in newspapers early this week, has to say the least left us at the Uganda Human Rights...

Press Statement-suspension of pregnant students

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 16:44

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) which is the national human rights institution constitutionally established to promote and protect human rights in Uganda is deeply concerned about some of the recent developments in the country that directly or indirectly curtail the full enjoyment of human rights and pose serious threats to the fundamental principles of fairness, non-discrimination, privacy, supremacy of the Constitution and the sanctity of human dignity for all.

The Uganda Human Rights Commission is mandated to offer guidance on any emerging human rights issues in the country by pointing out human rights concerns that require urgent attention...

Uganda Human Rights Commission launches its 16th Annual Report on the state of human rights and freedoms in Uganda during 2013

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 12:17

The Uganda Human Rights Commission has published its 16 th Annual Report which was today Thursday April 10 th 2014, officially launched by the UHRC Chairperson Hon. Med S.K.Kaggwa at a ceremony held at the Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala.

Today’s launch was preceded by the annual tradition of presenting the Report to the Parliament of Uganda through the Speaker Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga by the UHRC Chairman Hon. Med S.K Kaggwa yesterday Wednesday April 9 th 2014. In addition, Hon. Kaggwa presented a braille version of the UHRC 16 th Annual Report to the Speaker of Parliament. The...

Statement on the recent Escalation of Cases of mob action in the country and the rampant killings of security personnel

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 12:12

Human Rights concerns on the recent rampant killings of security personnel and escalation of incidents of mob action The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) is deeply concerned

about the recent incidents of rampant killings of security personnel in the country as reported by the various media. The current threat to the lives of security personnel, who are constitutionally mandated to keep law and order and to protect the life and property of Ugandans among their other functions, is of great concern to the UHRC. Recent reports of gunning down of Abdul Ssebagala who was a security operative under the...

Joint Press Statement on the Commemoration of the UN Day In Support of Torture Survivors: Theme: Fight Torture: Implement the Law

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 12:09

The world annually commemorates the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture every 26 June providing an opportunity for human rights defenders and survivors to speak out against the crime of torture and to remember and support victims and survivors of torture throughout the world.

As we once again commemorate this year’s United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on Thursday June 26 th , all players including citizens, civil society and most importantly the State reflect and re-commit themselves to the preservation, promotion, protection and creation of a conducive environment for the...

The Uganda Human Rights Commission’s Position on the Tobacco Control Bill, 2014 Presented to the Committee on Health of the Parliament of Uganda on Tuesday 15th July, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 12:03

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) is constitutionally mandated under Articles 48, 49, 51 to 58 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda to promote and protect human rights. In discharging its mandate, the UHRC monitors government’s compliance with international treaty and conventional obligations on human rights as well as makes recommendations to Parliament on effective measures for promotion of human rights. Furthermore, the UHRC has the responsibility as a national human rights institution to review and analyze bills, laws and policies in order to ensure that they are in line with human rights standards and not in...

Statement on Human Rights Concerns arising from the recent clashes in Bundibugyo, Ntoroko and Kasese Districts

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 11:50

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) is deeply concerned about the recent clashes reported in the Rwenzori region and particularly in the districts of Bundibugyo, Ntoroko and Kasese.

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