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UHRC accredited as an ‘A’ Status Human Rights Body

Hon. Med S. Kaggwa, the Chairperson UHRC receiving the ‘A’ Status certificate of accreditation from GANHRI officials at the annual meeting of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) in Geneva on March 6, 2019 (PHOTO: UHRC) Hon. Med S. Kaggwa, the Chairperson UHRC receiving the ‘A’ Status certificate of accreditation from GANHRI officials at the annual meeting of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) in Geneva on March 6, 2019 (PHOTO: UHRC)

 

GENEVA - The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) was yesterday March 6th 2019 certified as an ‘A status’ National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) in Geneva, Switzerland. This ‘A’ status certificate of accreditation was presented to the UHRC Chairperson, Hon. Med S. Kaggwa during the annual meeting of NHRI’s hosted by GANHRI in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 

 

‘A’ status accreditation

In accordance with the ‘Paris Principles’, GANHRI has devised three (3) classifications for accreditation for NHRI’s across the world: 

‘A’ status – Fully compliant with the Paris Principles; ‘B’ status – partially compliant; and ‘C’ status – Non-compliant. The ‘Paris Principles’ were  defined at the first international workshop on National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human rights held in Paris in 1991 and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. These principles are globally acclaimed and recognised as an international benchmark for National human rights institutions in the execution of their mandate.

 

What this means for UHRC and JLOS

The certification of Uganda’s Human Rights Commission as status ‘A’ compliant is a huge recognition of the Commission’s adherence to international standards and protocols that define the protection and promotion of human rights. This recognition also underscores significant progress made by the Justice, Law and Order Sector in strengthening and empowerment of institutions that oversee the promotion and observance of human rights. UHRC is a member of the Justice, Law and Order Sector and a key player in the execution of the Sector’s human rights observance agenda underlined in the Strategic Development Plan (SDP IV).

 

The Uganda Human Rights Commission is no stranger to international acclaim. The Commission was in October 2012 recognised as the best National Human Rights Institution that has contributed the most to human rights work in Africa during the 25th Anniversary of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights held in Cote d’Voire.

 

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By Edgar Kuhimbisa / Published: March 7, 2019