The DGF and the Government of Uganda Sign an MoU to Develop the National Action Plan on Human Rights

On 26th August 2014, the Government of Uganda, and the Democratic Government Facility (DGF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the development of the National Action Plan on Human Rights (NAP).  The NAP is one of the recommendations by the UN Human Rights Council to the Government after reviewing Uganda’s Performance on Human Rights during the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism in October 2011.  The process to develop the National Action Plan (NAP) was launched by the Uganda Human Rights Commission together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 14th August 2013 while celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Plan of Action.

The development of the NAP is being supported by the Democratic Governance Facility, the German Development Cooperation, and the United Nations Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as the Government of Uganda through the Uganda Human Rights Commission, the Justice Law and Order Sector and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The objective of the MoU is to provide a framework for the support that is being provided by different partners to the Government to develop the NAP. 

Ambassador David Etuket, the Head of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who represented the Permanent Secretary, thanked the Development Partners (DPs) for the financial support offered to the Government of Uganda to develop the NAP and welcomed DPs continued technical support.  He reiterated Government’s commitment to work hard to finalize the regional and national consultations on the NAP by December 2015, ahead of the general elections scheduled for early 2016. 

Lars P. Christensen, the Head of Programme at the DGF, thanked the Government of Uganda for its commitment and leadership to the development of the NAP.   He noted that the bottom-up consultative process is important for the development of the NAP as it presents an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss and explore the values and principles of human rights in Uganda. He thanked the Government for having invited four NGOs to the Steering Committee as well as organizing regional consultations with civil society organizations, faith based organizations, local governments and the general public.

Sven Krause on behalf of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) thanked the Government for their commitment, patience and determination to see the process start and pledged the continued support to the promotion and protection of human rights in Uganda.