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For a new Electoral Commission (EC) team to fully exercise its constitutional mandate to the satisfaction of every Ugandan, there is need for comprehensive electoral reforms.President Yoweri Museveni has nominated six candidates to head the Electoral Commission (EC). Court of Appeal Judge Simon Mugenyi Byabakama has been appointed Electoral Commission chairperson. Others include: Hajjat Aisha Lubega (vice chairperson), Commissioners Peter…
The Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, established in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 5/1, held its twenty-sixth session from 31st October to 11 November 2016. The review of Uganda was held at the 7th meeting on 3rd November 2016. The delegation of Uganda was headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam K. Kuteesa. At its…
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…

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