On 10th and 11th March 2017, the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) in partnership with Uganda Martyrs University will convening the 10th Annual Inter-University Human Rights Competition at The Uganda Martyrs University Main Campus in Nkozi under the theme; “OUR RIGHTS, OUR FREEDOMS. RAISING THE BAR.”
In 2007, FHRI introduced a program to reach out to University Students by conducting human rights sessions. This culminated into the establishment of the human rights clubs. This initiative, which started in 7 universities, was in 2012 turned into the University Human Rights Network whose membership currently stands at 39 human rights clubs found in both universities and tertiary institutions. The human rights clubs have promoted human rights in various ways including sensitisations through outreaches and debates on topical issues.
The Chief Justice with other invited guests at the 10th Inter University Human Rights Competitions in Nkozi
Among the key activities of the network is the Annual Inter-University Human Rights competition, which seeks to stimulate debate on contemporary human rights concerns. Students research, prepare and present papers on topical human rights issues in Uganda. Subsequently, a panel of eminent human rights experts assesses the papers and presentations and awards are conferred to the outstanding performers. This year’s competition will attract the participation of over 700 students from 30 institutions of higher learning in Uganda.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the initiative, FHRI will among others introduce a “Human Rights Award” to be conferred upon the best student in a human rights course starting with the year’s host university.
The Chief Justice of the Republic of Uganda, Honorable Justice Bart M. Katureebe, will open the competition on Friday 10th March at 10am and Ms. Sophie Racine the Component Manager of Rights Justice and Peace at the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) will officiate at the award giving and closing on Saturday 11th March at 12:30pm.