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
The State of Child Labour in Pozzolana Mining in Uganda Press Statement on Child Labour in the Supply Chain of LafargeHolcim in Uganda.
Press Statement for immediate release, 27th April 2017
“A child under the age of 14 shall not be employed in any business, undertaking or work place, except for light work carried out under supervision of an adult aged over 18 years, and which does not affect the child’s education “.
Hima Cement started buying pozzolana from artisanal miners in 1992, and child labour in the quarries had been confirmed since the early 2000s. Through its subsidiary company :Hima Cement, the company announced in September 2016 that it wanted to reduce its supply from artisanal miners. The Company denied that it had child labourers in its supply chain and informed stakeholders that it wanted to completely cease its collaboration with artisanal miners and to switch to mechanised mining. In September 2016, the company decided to source only 10% of its material from artisanal miners and 90% from mechanized mines. In January 2017, Hima Cement announced it would completely stop buying from artisanal miners and it denied having had children in its supply. 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