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The Launch of the “Uganda Democracy Audit 2008-2013” under the theme:
Building better Democracies in Uganda” on 17th of April, 2014 at Hotel Africana-Kampala starting at 7:00 am
The Uganda Democracy Audit reviews the levels of democracy from 2008–2013 from two perspectives. On the one hand it aims to establish how much the Ugandan state has succeeded or failed in delivering democracy while, on the other, it considers whether citizens and their intermediary organizations such as Non–Governmental Organizations (NGOs), religious institutions, professional associations and social movements have adopted positive norms that support democracy. The critical question under review is: whether Ugandan citizens have succeeded or failed in voicing and demanding their rights through active engagement with the Ugandan state. >>Get the publication here
Ugandans Still Have the Right to Assembly and Expression Irrespective of the Public Order Management Act
On 23rd March, 2014, Police blocked opposition leaders and members of Civil Society from holding a rally in Soroti on allegations that the meeting was not vetted by Police. However, the contested Public Order Management Act, 2013 provides for notification and not vetting of public meetings. The Police has continued to block rallies, meetings and radio talk shows in the districts of Mbale, Kabale and Kasese. This has been accompanied by arrests and degrading treatment of opposition leaders and members of civil society. It should be noted that in most of these incidents, the conduct of the Police falls short of the standards set out in the 1995 Constitution, International and Regional Instruments and even in the contested Public Order Management Act. >> Read more
101 Things You Wanted To Know About The Police But Were Afraid To AskIn a democracy, the police are not agents of the government in power, but rather have a constitutional duty to protect and safeguard everyone. Like bureaucrats, the police are public servants paid for by citizens for their service. Hence, citizens have an obligation to play an oversight role and demand for accountability. It is important to note that, just as the police have a duty towards citizens, the people have a duty towards the police. >> Read more.
The Capacity Assessment Report for HURINET-U Member Organisations, 2013
The member organization Capacity Assessment falls within the overall aim of strengthening the capacity of member organizations to implement Human rights work in a more effective manner in pursuit of the promotion, protection and respect of human rights in Uganda. The assessment report gives an in-depth understanding of the capacity strength of HURINET–U members. It is therefore with immense gratitude that HURINET-U acknowledges the support and help given by our donor; Diakonia that aided the team to traverse the .>> Read more
HURINET-U Key Achievements
During the previous strategic period, HURINET-U posited a range of achievements. HURINET-U contributed to strengthening the capacity of civil society for involvement in civilian police oversight; mobilised Civil Society to participate in the preliminary activities of the police review process; developed accountability tools in support of civilian oversight notably the Complaints Handling Manual and the Complaint Form which has been formally adopted by the Police and is due for gazetting as Police Form No 105. >> Read more
Coalition On Freedom of Information (COFI)
The coalition on the freedom of information was formed in 2003 by a group of Civil Society Organizations to influence the quality of legislation on Access to Information when the Act was still a Bill. After the passing of the Act in 2005, the Coalition aggressively engaged Government and other stakeholders to popularize, and advocate for the operationalization of the Act. This has been through coalition strengthening, organizing conferences and workshops, regional training workshops, media advocacy, research and documentation, production of Information, Education and Communication materials, public interest litigation, engaging in study tours to compare with other countries that have enacted and utilized the access to information law, commemorating the right to know day, and publicity among others. >> Read More.