Human Rights Network-Uganda

Achievements

The Network’s Achievements

successDuring the previous strategic period, HURINET-U posited a range of achievements notably:

HURINET-U arranged for the state delegates visit to northern Uganda in the run up to the ICC Review Conference in Kampala, participants included state delegates from Argentina, Denmark, Switzerland among others and the President of the ASP. HURINET-U also organised the international symposia for Civil Society in which the Civil Society Communiqué to the ASP was generated and submitted to the ASP sitting in Kampala.

HURINET-U also organised the Peoples Space attended by over 100 civil society organisations both local and international at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort which was graced by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Throughout the strategic period, HURINET continued to play a strategic role on issues of international criminal justice at both national and global level by hosting the national coalition for the international criminal court and also as a member of the steering committee of the global Coalition of the International Criminal Court based in New York and The Hague.

HURINET-U contributed to strengthening the capacity of civil society for involvement in civilian police oversight; mobilised Civil Society to participate in the preliminary activities of the police review process; developed accountability tools in support of civilian oversight notably the Complaints Handling Manual and the Complaint Form which has been formally adopted by the Police and is due for gazetting as Police Form No 105. Supported stakeholder’s advocacy efforts for a better legal framework on public order management by providing a twelve point lobby guide book for improvement of the Public Order Management Bill. During the previous strategic period, HURINET participated in Regional and global initiative on policing notable as part of the core CSO team to establish Common Standards of Policing in East Africa, a process that is in its advanced stages.

Additionally, HURINET has been the national coordinating agency for the 4th consecutive year for the Global police stations visits initiative aimed at enhanced civilian oversight over police and promotion of best practices through bench marking among the 117 participating countries.

HURINET continued to support Civil Society efforts on freedom of information by strengthening the Coalition on FOI; supporting public interest litigation notably the disclosure of the Production Sharing Agreements Case and the Bushenyi Case on request for documents pertaining the construction of the Stadium; and played a catalytic role towards implementation of the ATIA by arranging study and learning journeys for policy makers and civil society to South Africa to understudy the implementation. Through the initiative, HURINET also influenced the Curriculum of Law Development Centre to include FOI module.

Among others Despite the above milestones, an internal assessment and feedback from development partners and key stakeholders indicate areas of further improvement in the next strategic period 2012- 2015 such as the need to rationalise and right size programmes; deepening network development processes such as the thematic clusters; strengthening member organisations involvement and roles in hosted campaigns; safety nets and protection mechanisms for member organisations and other Human Rights Defenders.

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Popularization of the National Housing policy

HURINET-U in Partnership with Water Aid Uganda & the Ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Development Popularised the Simplified Version of National Housing Policy.

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