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About Human Rights Network-Uganda
The Network (HURINET-U) was established in 1993 by a group of eight human rights organizations and was formally registered as an independent, non-partisan and not for profit organization in 1994. The identity of HURINET-U lies with its diverse membership of 60 NGOs. 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 labour rights. Members range from purely Ugandan NGOs. Read more


Commemorating the International Human Rights Day with the theme “Stand Up for Someone’s Rights Today.” 10th December 2016

As we commemorate this year’s International Human Rights Day, the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC),and partners urge each one of us to stand up for someone’s
rights. Let us take stock of what we have achieved and failed to achieve in the area of human rights in our country “and work towards making bigger gains. According to reports by human rights institutions such as the Uganda Human Rights Commission and HURINET,Uganda among many others, there are a number of incidents and reports of human rights violations that occurred during the year ranging from violation of freedom from torture; freedom of expression and the right to assemble peacefully, deprivation of life especially the recent killings of security forces as well as royal guards in Kasese District, and the murder of Muslim clerics, deprivation of personal liberty and deprivation
of property among others. Read more Read more

 


The State Has a Responsibility to Protect Its Citizens. 30 November 2016

The Uganda Police Force is constitutionally mandated to keep law and order, detect and prevent crime as well as protecting life and property of the citizens. However, following the events in the Rwenzori sub-region in the last ten years and the skirmishes of violence and attack on the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu on 26 and 27 of November 2016 by police and the military undermines this Constitutional mandate. What continues to baffle most stakeholders is the increased blatant abuse and violation of human rights perpetuated by state security agencies against civilians with impunity.Read more


 

Updates on International Criminal Court (ICC)

African Civil Society Group Letter to the Presidents of African States Parties to the International Criminal Court,

We write to commend your government for its membership and support for the International Criminal Court, and to encourage your government to offer greater support to the court in the wake of the withdrawals from the ICC by South Africa, Burundi, and Gambia. In recent years, the ICC has come under significant attack. The inability of the ICC to have authority over crimes committed in some powerful countries and their allies is a cause of deep concern, even as claims that the ICC is targeting Africa are not supported by the facts. A particular challenge is that the United States, China, and Russia have not joined the ICC, and they have blocked Security Council action to send crimes to the ICC that are committed in states that have not joined the court. Our organisations are committed to working to expand the reach of the ICC to ensure justice for serious crimes wherever they are committed. Despite these challenges, the ICC has truly unique importance. The ICC is the only court that offers a potential check against impunity around the world when national courts fail to hold perpetrators to account. The court’s creation in 1998 represented a profound step forward in the fight against impunity, which African states fought to secure based on their own past experience. The ICC’s docket also has begun to evolve. In January 2016, the ICC opened its first investigation outside Africa, into Georgia, and is conducting several preliminary examinations in countries outside Africa – including Afghanistan, Colombia, Palestine, and alleged crimes attributed to the armed forces of the United Kingdom deployed in Iraq. The African Union in 2014 expanded the authority of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights to include crimes under international law, but it is a long way off from becoming operational. The protocol on expansion has yet to be ratified by a single government. In addition, immunity for sitting leaders under the African Court’s new authority runs counter to a core principle of the ICC’s mission to deliver justice for the gravest crimes: the irrelevance of official capacity before the court. Read more

 

 

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HURINET-U and Others v The Attorney General

Human Rights Network and Others v The Attorney General Petitioners filed the petition under Article 137(3)(a) of the Constitution challenging sections of the Non-Governmental Organization Registration Act (NGO Act).  Read more