HRDs Report 2019

This is the 8th report on the situation of HRDs in Uganda since 2008. It builds on the past reports to ensure a consistent analysis of the working environment of HRDs in Uganda. This is undertaken through an an assessment of operating environment, the observance and realization of the rights of HRDs that enable their conducive working environment, the unique challenges they faced and strategies applied to overcome them. This report also analyzes challenges faced by HRDs during the elections period, since over the years this is a period associated with an increase in human rights violations and abuses. This should serve as an early warning of what will be expected during the elections period and HRDs need to work together and put in place strategies to address the challenges.

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Youth HRDs Report

Article 1 of the UN Declaration on HRDs defines a human rights defender as anyone who individually or in association with others promotes or strives for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national, regional and international level. As such, a youth human rights defender may be defined by the age dimension and also the work they do in as much as they focus on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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HRDs Report 2018

Key positive developments were the passing of legislation, which enhances the work of HRDs. These were: the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, 2012 which prohibits and criminalises acts of torture , the Whistle Blowers Act 2010 which protects individuals who disclose information which relates to irregular , illegal or corrupt practices and the Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2015 which aims at protecting the privacy of individuals and personal data by regulating the collection and processing of personal information; and the Human Rights (Enforcement) Bill, 2015 which seeks to provide a procedure for enforcing human rights under Article 50(4) of the 1995 Constitution. However, there are still concerns about the lack of a law which protects HRDs; and with laws whose interpretation is vague and whose implementation has been subjective which has negatively impacted on rights of HRDs. National Human Rights Institutions have endeavoured to implement their various mandates, however their effectiveness has been hindered by among others persistent constraints of inadequate financial and human resources as well as failure to respect the rule of law.

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HRD situation reports

This report provides an analysis of the operating environment as well as perspectives of HRDs on the extent to which their rights are promoted and protected. The report also provides perspectives on the effectiveness of HRD work in Uganda and provides recommendations on how to strengthen it. This report also noted the increasing number of petitions filed by HRDs, which was an indicator of the growing level of confidence that defenders have in the justice system as an alternative avenue for redress. In particular, 2016 saw the first ever ruling pertinent to LGBTI rights at the sub-regional level through the East African Court of Justice. This potentially provided

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HRDs Report 2014

The year 2014 saw a remarkable improvement in the use of advocacy platforms by HRDs as they challenged the Public Order Management Act 2013 (POMA), Anti Homosexuality Act 2014 (AHA) and the Anti-Pornography Act 2014 (APA), the laws that HRDs felt restricted of freedom of expression and association1 as well as the violation of human rights. In 2014, HRDs filed petitions in the Constitutional Court to challenge the APA and AHA at the national level; while at the regional level a petition was filed at the East African Court of Justice to challenge AHA.

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Overview of activities

Launch of the HRDs report 2016.

HRD capacity building workshop.

Commemoration of the anti-torture day.

HRCU staff at a human rights show.