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"Invitation to the Inaugural National Conference on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights"
The Public Interest Law Clinic (PILAC) of the School of Law, Makerere University, the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET-U) and the Centre for Health Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) are privileged to hold the first National Conference on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, under the theme, the State of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Uganda.
The Conference will take place on the 17th and 18th September 2014 at the Makerere Main Hall from 8: 30am to 5:00pm starting with the key note address under the topic: The moral, legal and political imperative for the protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as justiciable delivered by Hon. Justice Joel M. Ngugi, Judge, High Court of Kenya, Head of Judiciary Transformation Secretariat and Director Judiciary Training Institute. Attached hereto is the concept note and programme of the event.
"Ask your Government Uganda". The right to Information aims to make more information available and provide equal access to information to all people across a whole country
The right to information is fundamental and can only be effectively realized where there is an informed citizenry. The Civil society in Uganda as well as the Government of Uganda worked on the realization of rights to information. One milestone of the way towards the complete realization of the right is the launch of the Uganda Web Portal www.askyourgov.ug where citizens can make an information request to Information Officers from the different ministries, departments and agencies of the Ugandan Government.
The “Uganda Democracy Audit 2008-2013”: Building better Democracies in Uganda”
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
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.