The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) will today (Monday) launch two annual reports on the status of human rights in Uganda. In the event that will take place at the Sheraton Rwenzori Ballroom at 2:00pm, the newly constituted commission will present the 22nd and 23rd annual reports. Explaining the double launch last week, UHRC Chairperson Mariam Wangadya noted that the 22nd report which was supposed to be presented last year could not be launched since the commission was not yet fully constituted following the death of former commission chairman Meddie Kaggwa.
Today’s event falls within the international human rights week which commences with the International Human Rights Day celebrated every December 10th. And while addressing journalists at the UHRC offices at Twed Plaza in Kampala last week, Wangadya revealed that Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Human Rights Day whose theme this year is “Reducing inequalities, advancing Human Rights”.
Back home, however, the reports will focus much on how the Ciovid-19 pandemic has impacted the status of human rights in the country. This thus informed the national human rights day theme of “Rebuilding better: resilient institutions key to covid-19 recovery”.
Wangadya revealed that 10th December is such an important day because it is when the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR); a direct replica of Chapter 4 of our Constitution (1995) from which the UHRC derives its mandate and all other rights accrue.
This year, the UHRC has been joined in the preparations by lead partners including; the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Germany Agency for International Corporation (GIZ), Barefootlaw, Justice Behind Bars (JBB), African Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (ACTV) and Refugee Law Project. Last week they held a Joint press conference to launch and popularize the commemoration activities for this year.