About Human Rights Network-Uganda
Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET–U) is a network of human rights organizations in Uganda working to promote and protect the rights of citizens. HURINET–U was founded in 1994 as an independent, non–partisan, not–for–profit organization. Currently, HURINET–U has a membership of 60organizations that are committed to ensuring the promotion and protection of a wide range of human rights within the framework of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. The rights of children, women, and people with disabilities, prisoners and refugees are encompassed. Since inception, HURINET–U has worked to promote and protect human rights as provided for in the regional and international instruments that Uganda is party to and as provided in the Constitution of Uganda; encourage close collaboration and networking among human rights organizations in Uganda as well as sharing of information and resources among human rights organizations. Read more
Narrowing Civic Space for Exercise and Enjoyment of Constitutional Rights in the Current Regime in the face of Constitutional Amendment proposals, September 2017
On Wednesday 20th September 2017 at about 4 p.m., Uganda Police raided and laid siege at the premises of two NGOs, Action Aid Uganda and Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies (GLISS). They then went ahead to carry out what they term police searches. These developments follow the two NGOs’ recent criticism of the proposal to amend term limits. Action Aid Uganda is a global organization that works to further human rights and defeat poverty for all. The Police cordoned off the offices and ordered staff not to leave.
The Great Lakes institute for Strategic Studies (GLiSS) on the other hand is an independent policy think tank with exclusive programming on regional and international public policy issues.
The warrant was issued on Wednesday and signed by Juliet Nakitende, a Magistrate at Makindye Magistrates Court. The police, according to the warrant, were supposed to access computer accessories (electronics), mobile handsets, money transfer related documents and bank transaction documents. This is a violation of the right to privacy which is constitutionally guaranteed under Article 27 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. Read more
We Condemn the Brutality by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Law Enforcement Officers press statement for immediate release 9th August 2017
As citizens and human rights practitioners we take serious exception to the inhumane and degrading treatment by Kampala Capital City Authority’s (KCCA) Law Enforcement Officers meted upon roadside vendors, taxi drivers, commercial motorcyclists (boda boda) and the general public which witnesses these incessant outrages on an increasingly frequent basis. It has become common place for taxi drivers to be hounded out of taxis, motorcyclists and road-side vendors bludgeoned during arrest, to say nothing about the manner in which merchandise is confiscated from hapless roadside traders. Buyers from these vendors are not exempt of such degrading and humiliating treatment in the hands of KCCA Officers whose remuneration they contribute to through taxes.
On Friday 4thAugust 2017 it was reported that a female vendor Olivia Basemera, 38, a resident of Mengo in Kampala vending handkerchiefs was confronted by KCCA enforcement officers and as a result jumped into the Nakivubo Channel in a desperate attempt to escape and died instantly. Read more
HURINET-U in Partnership with Water Aid Uganda & the Ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Development Popularised the Simplified Version of National Housing Policy. July 2017
The National Housing Policy is primarily based on the right to adequate housing which is a human right that every Ugandan is entitled to. The realization of the right to housing contributes to the economic, social and cultural rights that can be traced in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1966; the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (1986); and in the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community, 1999 at the regional Level, all of which, Uganda is a signatory. The housing sector has in the past faced challenges some of which include: lack of specific and clear Policy, legal and institutional framework on housing development Read more
Uganda’s adoption of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Recommendations 16th March 2017
Uganda underwent the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism on 3rd November 2016. From the draft report of the UPR working group,a total of 226 recommendations were made by 82 states to the government, of which 65 were rejected while 18 are pending awaiting decisions before the official adoption of the report on the 16th March 2017 during the 34th session of the Human Rights Council.
On Thursday 16thMarch 2017, Uganda will be adopting the Universal Periodic Review recommendations during the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
During the adoption of the report, 20 minutes are allocated to NGOs to make a statement. In that regard, HURINET-U will make an oral statement on human rights issues that the government may have rejected yet are very crucial to the citizens of Uganda in as far as the respect for the protection and promotion of human rights is concerned since it has consultative status with Economic and Social Council of the UN since the year 2013. Read some of the recommendations made by Uganda Read more
HUMAN RIGHTS: THE STATE AND THE FUTURE AS 2017 BEGINS
PRESS Statement For Immediate Release 6th January 2017
As we close year 2016 and embark on another calendar year HURINET-U takes stock of the human rights terrain and developments that have either facilitated or limited the full enjoyment of the fundamental and basic human rights and freedoms. Hopefully, this will catalyze national reflection on what needs to be done to improve the human rights performance and ensure the enjoyment of rights and freedoms of the Ugandan citizenry. The core issues include the UPR, human rights and freedoms, legislative reforms, international criminal justice and the arms of government.
The Universal Periodic Review
Uganda is applauded for subjecting itself to the Universal State to State Peer Review (UPR) on November 3rd, 2016. Out of this review, 226 recommendations were made by 82 member States and majority (143) of these recommendations enjoyed the support of Uganda government, while sixty five (65) have been noted and eighteen (18) are pending awaiting decisions before the official adoption of the 34th session of Human Rights Council in March 2017. The recently given recommendations add to those given during the 2011 UPR. It is important that the State fully implements the recommendations made to it both in the first cycle and the second cycle of UPR. There have been concerns at the slow pace that the State has taken to develop the National Action Plan for the implementation of the human rights recommendations.
The 9th Parliament in the first half of the NRM government 2011-2015 and the 10th parliament in the last half of 2016 in accordance with Article 79 of the Constitution passed a number of bills regulating a diversity of issues. However, a number of legislation were passed amidst concerns.. Read more