Human Rights Network-Uganda


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

 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, 30 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


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.

Legislative Reforms 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 

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

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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