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UHRC Voted best Human Rights body in Africa

 

KAMPALA - The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has been voted the best national human rights institution in Africa. The award ceremony took place during the 25th anniversary of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights held in Cote D’Ivoire and was presided over by His Excellency Alassane Outtara, the President of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire.

At a reception to celebrate the award at Imperial Royale Hotel on Thursday October 25 2012, the UHRC Chairman Mr. Med Kaggwa, said this is the first time such an award had been given by the African Human Rights Commission for commendable performance.

UHRC was constitutionally established in 1996 following recommendations of the Uganda Constitution Commission, which took account of the report of the Commission of Inquiry into violations of human rights from 1962 to 1986.

“We are proud of this remarkable achievement and we are positive that the award will strengthen the existing working relationship between us and other stakeholders including the Government,” said Kaggwa. Mr. Kaggwa appealed to the Government to increase funding from the current 70% to 100%, to enable them execute their constitutional duties.

The Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, who was the chief guest at the reception, congratulated the Commission and pledged to intervene in ensuring funding for the institution.

The Uganda Human Rights Commission is one of the 17 institutions of the Justice, Law and Order Sector responsible for administering justice, maintaining law & order and promoting the observance of human rights.

 

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