Uganda Human Rights Commission launches its 18th Annual Report
9 Aug 2016
On Thursday 28th July 2016, the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) presented its 18th Annual Report to the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda Rt. Hon Rebecca A. Kadaga at the Speaker’s Chambers in Parliament. The function was performed by the Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission Hon. Med S.K Kaggwa, and in attendance were Members of the Commission Dr. Katebalirwe Amooti, Mr. Joseph Etima, Col. Stephen Basaliza and the Secretary to the Commission Mr. G.T Mwesigye.
The Rt. Hon Rebecca commended the Commission for the great work that it continues to do and for ensuring that it fulfilled its constitutional obligation of publishing and submitting to Parliament its reports on an annual basis. She urged UHRC to closely collaborate with the Ministry of Education and Sports to streamline human rights in all the school curricula in order to entrench the culture of human rights among the young children at an early age. Earlier in his remarks, the Chairperson of UHRC had commended the Speaker for expediting the process of approving the appointments for the new members of the Commission in February this year after a lapse of about ten months without a constituted Commission on expiry of their old term of office in April 2015. He also noted that the late submission of the 18th Annual Report was as a result of the absence of a fully constituted Commission.
The report was later launched to the public at Imperial Royale Hotel to about 300 delegates who included representatives of development partners; civil society organizations; students; representatives from government ministries, departments and agencies; PWDs; security agencies; members of the media and members of the general public. Also in attendance at the public launch were representatives of foreign missions to Uganda such as the United States of America, Sweden, France and Ireland. Other guests included delegates from the United Nations Human Rights office, Members of Parliament and members of the Academia.
The report gives a detailed assessment of the state of human rights and freedoms in the country in 2015. It reveals that the UHRC received a total of 4,227 complaints, marking an 8.27% increase from the 3,904 complaints registered in 2014. In 2015, the UHRC registered nine election related complaints and the highest number of complaints registered included the violation of freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (37.95%), followed by detention beyond 48 hours (27.17%), denial of child maintenance (14.3%), deprivation of property (7.04%) and deprivation of life (3.96%).
The Uganda Police Force remained on top of the list of violators of human rights in 2015, with 385 (50.65%) complainants out of the total of 760; followed by private individuals with 182 (23.94%) and the Uganda People Defence Forces with 97(12.76%). UHRC conducted mediations for 163 complaints, which was an increase of 34.71% from 121 mediated in 2014, while the UHRC Tribunal concluded 85 complaints in 2015, posting a 58.7% reduction from the 206 complaints in 2014.