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JLOS Celebrates International Human Rights Day

H.E Alphons Hennekens (with hat) the ambassador of the Netherlands to Uganda, Mr. Andrew Kawesa (right) the Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander and other stakeholders during the "Human Rights Walk"  in commemoration of the International Human Rights Day in Kampala on December 10 2013 (Photo: JLOS Media) H.E Alphons Hennekens (with hat) the ambassador of the Netherlands to Uganda, Mr. Andrew Kawesa (right) the Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander and other stakeholders during the "Human Rights Walk" in commemoration of the International Human Rights Day in Kampala on December 10 2013 (Photo: JLOS Media)

 

KAMPALA - Justice, Law and Order Sector institutions led by the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) and the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs on Tuesday December 10 2013 joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Human Rights Day. Together with partners and stakeholders that included the Human Rights Network (HURINET-U), the Human Rights Centre Uganda (HRC-U), the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and other human rights actors, the day was celebrated with a series of activities under the theme: “Human Rights: the Long Walk.”

 

The International Human Rights Day is commemorated annually every December 10, worldwide by human rights institutions and civil society organizations. In Uganda, the idea of carrying out joint commemoration advocacy by the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) and its partners began in 2000 and is based on selected themes aimed at taking stock of the human rights situation in the country during the year; reminding government and the citizens of their human rights obligations; raising awareness of the principles of human rights among the citizens of Uganda and calling for re-dedication to the promotion and protection of human rights by government and all Ugandans.

 

Commemoration of this day when the Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by numerous nations of the world following the realisation that the enjoyment of human rights is a process and a reminder to all human rights defenders that have walked the long journey of protecting and promoting human rights.

 

Activities lined up to commemorate the day included a pre-event outreach activity involving a monitoring inspection visit of Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital in Luzira on Monday 9th December 2013. The visit which will led by the Acting Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission Dr. Katebalirwe Amooti wa Irumba was attended by the Ambassador of Netherlands in Uganda and representatives from partners including the UN Office of the High Commissioner in Uganda and civil society organisations.The objective of the visit to Butabika was to raise awareness about the right to health in general and mental health rights in particular and to allow human rights defenders assess the conditions at the health facility and compliance to globally acceptable human rights standards. The visiting team’s assessment will form recommendations to government and the hospital administration.

 

Commemoration of the International Human Rights Day began at 8am with a procession from the CHOGM Square in Kampala to Old Kampala Secondary School with H.E Alphons Hennekens, the ambassador of the Netherlands as the Chief Walker. The main objective of the human rights walk which also brought together participants from various organisations was to draw public attention to the International Human Rights Day and its theme among the general public. The walk was also intended to provide a platform for human rights defenders to show solidarity in the human rights cause and create a critical mass of all willing human rights actors to demand for improvement in the realisation of human rights by Ugandans.

 

The main event also featured a Human Rights Fare during which each of the participating organisations involved in the promotion and protection of human rights show cased their work to create a platform to interface with the public and explain to them their different mandates and how the various services can benefit Ugandans.

 

During the main event at Old Kampala Secondary School, a total of thirteen organisations received a Human Rights Recognition Award for their sustained effort over time to contribute to the realisation of human rights in nine human rights thematic areas. These areas include the rights of children; rights of women; human rights and social accountability; environmental rights; human rights advocacy; rights of People With Disabilities; freedom from torture; freedom of speech, expression and the press and support to the human rights cause in Uganda.

 

 

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