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Today, 3rd November 2016, Uganda underwent its second assessment under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council. Hon. Sam Kuteesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, headed the delegation of Uganda in Geneva. In his opening statement, he noted that the Government of Uganda supports the peer review process and firmly believes in its importance for Uganda. He…
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process of reviewing the human rights records of all UN Member States. It provides an opportunity for all States to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situation in their countries and to overcome challenges to the enjoyment of human rights. In October 2011, Uganda underwent its first…
By Eddie Ssemakula Masaka residents have called upon stakeholders to hasten engagement on electoral affairs long before 2021 in order to enable free and fair elections. Speaking at a CCEDU organized post election forum at Brovad Hotel on Friday 28th October 2016, residents reflected on the previous electoral environment and suggested a way forward towards free and fair elections. Kagga…
By: Lucy Peace Nantume, Lawyer and Human Rights activist working with the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative. On October 24th 2016, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta commuted the death sentences of all 2,747 convicts on death row to life sentences giving them a reprieve from the hangman’s noose. The 2,655 men and 92 women will now serve life imprisonment. Invoking the…
[Declaration of FIDH and 100 Member and Partner Organisations]Our organisations defend human rights worldwide and accompany victims of the most serious crimes, wherever they occur and whomever the perpetrators. We fervently deplore actions taken by the governments of Burundi and South Africa to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and express our concern that these initial announcements may be…
Crispin Kaheru, the Coordinator of the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda was appointed by Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC). “The Chairperson of the Commission would like you to be part of the said mission”, a letter from the AUC dated October 3, 2016 to Kaheru read in part. Reacting to his…

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