On Friday 15th February 2019, the Uganda Human Rights Commission, Moroto Regional Office conducted a capacity building training for 20 members of the human rights committee of Uganda Government Prison, Kaabong District. The human rights committees were initiated by the Uganda Prison Service through administrative instructions number 1/2010 wherein the Commissioner General of Prisons instructed all prisons across the country to establish human rights committees for both the inmates and staff.
The committees play an important role in promoting the observance of human rights within the prison by among others; reporting cases of human rights abuses and violations to the prison headquarters, sensitizing staff and prisoners on fundamental human rights and freedoms, identifying incidents of human rights violations and attending to prisoners complaints whenever they arise.
The one-day training was facilitated by the Regional Human Rights Officer, Moroto Regional Office, Mr. Ogwang Christopher and Ms. Esther Angella, the Human Rights Officer in charge of legal services at Moroto Regional Office and the Regional Prisons Commander for North-Eastern Region, SSP Edotu Sam and Mr. Yusuf Logiel, national progammre analyst at the United nations office of the high commissioner for human rights (OHCHR), Moroto field office.
The training covered the basic concept of human rights, the rights of detainees, torture, the role of Uganda prison service in the protection and promotion of human rights and basic tips for human rights monitoring and reporting.