In 2006 the General Assembly adopted Resolution 60/251, to establish a Human Rights Council (replacing the Human Rights Commission) with the responsibility for promoting universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all. One of the key mandates of the Council is to undertake a Universal Periodic Review (UPR), on the fulfilment of each States human rights obligations and commitments. Uganda underwent the first review in October 2011 and was scheduled for a second review in November 2016.
In preparation for the 2016 review, the DGF supported partners to work together to enable effective participation in the review process. The support to Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET) enabled the National Stakeholders Forum on the UPR with the participation of 167 CSOs in 13 thematic clusters to prepare 14 thematic reports that were submitted to the UN Human Rights Council. As per schedule, The Government of Uganda was reviewed by the United Nations Human Rights Council at its twenty-sixth session held from 31st October to 11 November 2016. At the review, the Government of Uganda was particularly commended for efforts made to develop the draft National Action Plan on human rights and its policy on refugees. From the discussion, a total of two hundred and twenty six (226) recommendations were made by the Member States to Uganda. Out of these recommendations, one hundred and forty three (143) enjoyed the support of Uganda, while sixty five (65) were noted and eighteen (18) of the them are left pending to be decided before the official adoption of the 34th session of Human Rights Council which is scheduled to take place in April 2017.
To follow-up the UPR process, the DGF included the discussion on the review and what it means for Uganda and how DGF partners could engage with the process on their 5th DGF Annual Partnership Conference program. Mr. Mohammed Ndifuna, the Chief Executive Officer of HURINET made a presentation on how HURINET coordinated the preparations for the second cycle of the UPR and lessons learnt. He highlighted the increased participation of CSOs in the 2016 review as compared to the 2011 review and stressed the importance of linking the UPR to other regional and international human rights mechanisms.
Hans Fridlund - Programme Manager with the Geneva based UPR Info made a presentation on the UPR and its impact across the world. UPR Info’s mission is to promote and strengthen the UPR by raising awareness, providing capacity-building tools, and bringing the different actors of the UPR process together in order to ensure the universal advancement of human rights. The presentation stressed the importance of multi stakeholder cooperation in implementing recommendations Uganda received in its second UPR.
Anne Mary Nyakato, the Program Manager-Human Rights at the Democratic Governance Facility also made a presentation on the UPR process-observations and opportunities. She emphasized the importance of the UPR mechanism and its impact on Uganda with regards to the promotion and protection of human rights. She also discussed the recommendations made to Uganda, those accepted, noted and pending and what it means for CSOs working on those particular areas. She concluded her presentation by calling on CSOs to lobby for the adoption and implementation of the draft National Action Plan on Human Rights.
Refer to this link for an update on HURINET's contribution to the UPR 2016: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-5NtN1umK0SbU9WbGg3TTJxM3M/view?usp=sh...
Follow this link to the comprehensive update on Uganda's review at the UPR 2016:https://www.upr-info.org/en/review/Uganda/Session-26---November-2016/Nat...