Press Releases

Need to put debate on emerging human rights concerns of 2012 raised in the recently published UHRC Annual report into perspective

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 18:13

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) launched its 15 th Annual Report on Wednesday 3 rd April 2013 in fulfillment of its Constitutional requirement under Article 52 (2). The report which highlights activities of the UHRC in the year 2012 also among other things contains chapters on a cross section of human rights issues including access to justice for vulnerable persons; the right to health; an assessment of access to quality education; human rights concerns arising out of the floods and the Bududa landslides and the emerging human rights concerns.

The report also makes recommendations for improvements in the...

UHRC Statement on World Press Freedom Day

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 18:11

Ensuring the Safety of Journalists and Media Workers :

The Uganda Human Rights commission (UHRC) once again joins the rest of the world to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day which falls every 3rd May as a way of raising awareness of the importance of freedom of expression and press freedom in Uganda. UHRC has joined its other partners who include UNESCO, UJA, GIZ and OHCHR, Kampala to add its voice to the advocacy for a better operating environment for the media and to open discussion on how enjoyment of the right to freedom of expression and the...

Sealing off of some Media Houses by Police

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 18:09

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) is deeply concerned by the actions of police on Monday 20th May 2013 when it cordoned off and searched the premises of The Monitor Publications in Namuwongo, Kampala and The Red pepper Newspaper in Namanve. The sealing off of the Monitor premises was spontaneously followed by the inaccessibility of airwaves of the 93.3 KFM and Dembe radios housed in the said premises. The Uganda Human Rights Commission is constitutionally mandated to update the public on the state of human rights in the country and to offer guidance to the Government and the...

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...