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.

HURINET–U has continually assessed collective impact of human rights programmes in Uganda and strived to strengthen the professional capacity of human rights organizations. HURINET–U stands out as a human rights network in Uganda serving a diverse membership of organizations and is known for its ‘non–compromising voice against human rights violations and abuse in Uganda’.


The AGM is a forum where HURINET-U members meet to review the operations of the secretariat for the previous year and plan for the following year. These forums are organized by the secretariat and attended by participants from Member Organizations, HURINET-U Board Members, Development partners and Staff. Elections for the new board usually takes place every after three years.

HURINET-U Member Organisations

The identity of HURINET-U lies with its diverse membership which currently stands at 53 members. Membership is drawn from organizations that are committed to a wide range of human rights issues which are complementary in terms of areas of focus including; civil and political rights, economic social and political rights, child rights, gender and women’s issues, peace building and conflict resolution, prisoners’ rights, refugee rights and labor rights. Members are purely Ugandan NGOs. The membership of HURINET-U is currently organized into five thematic clusters each with a convener and co-convener for purposes of shared leadership of the network.

The membership of HURINET–U is currently organized into five thematic clusters, each with a convener and co–convener for purposes of shared leadership of the network. These clusters are:

Women’s Rights; Child Rights; Civil and Political Rights; Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Peace and Conflict Resolution. HURINET–U works with and through various coalitions to implement its programme. Currently, HURINET–U hosts the following coalitions;

i. National Coalition on Human Rights Defenders Uganda
ii. National Coalition on Transitional Justice
iii. Uganda Coalition on the International Criminal Court
iv. National Coalition on Police Accountability & Security Sector Reform
v. Human Rights Education Coalition
vi. Economic, Social & Cultural Rights Coalition
vii. Coalition on Freedom of Information

HURINET–U also coordinates the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Platform and provides technical support to the UN Global Compact Local Network hosted by the Federation of Uganda Employers (FUE).
The National Coalition on Human Rights Defenders (NCHRD–U) Coalition is hosted by HURINET–U but in transition to becoming an independent entity.

HURINET–U; Vision, Mission and Values

Our Vision is: A society free of human rights violation and abuse

Mission Statement:
HURINET–U is the national network of human rights organisations in Uganda,promoting the human rights agenda through linking and strengthening the
capacity of member organisations and advancing the human rights movement
for collective advocacy at national, regional and international levels.

Our Values:
We believe that all human beings should be treated with dignity. We treat each other and our partners with fairness and we work towards a more just society.

Collective Action and Responsibility:
We believe in the capacities and capabilities of our members and other actors in the Human Rights Movement. We believe that by working together human rights organizations are able to impact greatly and positively on human rights within Uganda. Collective Action is the cornerstone for sustaining gains of all our efforts. We work with all stakeholders to uphold human rights supporting citizens to take responsibility as they enjoy their rights.

We adhere to the highest ethical standards in all official obligations and personal responsibilities to the stakeholders. Integrity is the core foundation of individual and corporate actions and shall be manifested through truthfulness, honesty, trustworthiness, honoring commitments and taking full responsibility for our actions, our successes and shortcomings.

We are accountable to our members and other stakeholders for our actions and decisions. Our interactions with others and among ourselves are always guided by our commitment to being accountable.

We maintain openness in everything that we do and ensure that stakeholders access information they need for purposes of promoting and protecting human rights. We ensure regular and open communication to our members and partners.

We believe in our work and we give our best to the tasks at hand to make our contribution to creating a more just country for all.

Equal Opportunity:
We are committed to ensuring that we accord our
members and staff space to enhance their opportunities. We ensure that
marginalized groups are given chance to fully participate and benefit from the Network.

We believe that each of us has a contribution to make to the
growth of HURINET–U. We value and appreciate each other’s contribution to our common goal. We cherish our partnerships and recognize their value addition to our work.


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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