Human Rights Network Uganda is a network of Human Rights organizations that was established in 1993 by a group of eight human rights organisations and was formally registered as an independent, non partisan and non for profit organization in 1994. The identity of HURINET-U lies with an increased diverse membership of Non Governmental Organisations across the country. Membership is drawn from national and international organisations that are committed to a wide range of Human Rights issues which are complementary in terms of areas of focus including Child Rights, Women Rights, Read more
For Immediate Release June 22nd 2018
The President Missed the Critical Issues on the State of Human Rights, Public Safety and Security in Uganda
Uganda continues to face numerous challenges that are of great concern. Among the numerous concerns is the increased sense of insecurity across the country and the failure of the state to guarantee safety to the citizens. There is increased levels of human rights violations emanating from unprofessional conduct by security agencies, increased cases of criminality particularly violent crime, emergency of criminal gangs that wantonly terrorize communities with less effort by state security agencies particularly the Uganda Police Force (UPF) to investigate and bring perpetrators to justice. The police investigations departments cannot equitably handle matters unless those involved have resources to part with. In some instances, complainants suddenly become suspects or suspects suddenly become witnesses at different investigation levels following spurious petitions filed with the connivance of police officers. Read more
Communiqué of the 1stPre-GAAMAC III International CSO Symposium 22 may 2018
The first ever Pre-GAAMAC Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) International Symposium was conducted on 21st May, 2018 in Kampala, Uganda. The Symposium, organized to coincide with the GAAMAC III main conference, was meant to provide a platform for discourse among CSOs and other actors working in the sphere of mass atrocity prevention. Participants met to reflect on the theme ‘Making Prevention of Mass Atrocity Crimes a Reality’. The event brought together, among others, practitioners in peace and conflict, governance, human rights, and transitional justice, representatives from the Government, academia,and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) from various regional, national, and international backgrounds to discuss prevention of mass atrocities. Read more
Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) is a global state-led mechanism created in March 2013 by states and civil society organizations committed to preventing mass atrocities crimes (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing). The history of the world has recorded tens of millions of men, women and children who have lost lives in mass atrocities, killings, genocides such as Cambodia, Kosovo... Read more
The Public Perception on the State of Policing in Uganda;
“…There are visible achievements, and more, recently transformation of the Police institution, and policing as a system, away from the repressive type of police introduced by the colonial regime to a pro–people, accountable, disciplined institution, with modern capabilities to deal with modern day crime and security threats”. This report profiles incidents that depict progress made and shortfalls by the Uganda Police Force (UPF) to becoming a modern, democratic and accountable institution. Read more Read more
We Call Upon the Government of Uganda to Arrest and Surrender President Al Bashir to the International Criminal Court to Face Trial. Press Statement 13th November 2017
As a state party to the Rome Statute, Uganda has an unequivocal obligation to cooperate with the ICC in relation to the enforcement of warrants of arrest issued against Omar Bashir, which stems from the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1593, whereby the United Nations Security Council urged States to cooperate fully’ with the ICC.
In May 2016, Omar Bashir traveled to Uganda to attend the Inauguration Ceremony of President Yoweri Museveni. Despite the clear obligations to cooperate with the Court, Uganda did not arrest Omar Al-Bashir and surrender him to the ICC to face trial. Consequently, the Pretrial Chamber of the ICC found Uganda to have failed to comply with its duty to arrest and surrender Omar Al-Bashir to the Court, in accordance with article 89(1) of the Rome Statute. Read more
Statement on Battering of School Pupils & Their Teachers 6th October 2017
As civil society organizations and human rights advocates we are dismayed with the manner in which pupils and teachers of Winterland Primary School were assaulted and beaten by a notorious ragtag militia code-named Boda Boda 2010. The pupils were clad in attires with colours of the national flag heading to participate in the Annual Police Week event at Nkumba University in Entebbe, on 3rd October 2017. Read more
Narrowing Civic Space for Exercise and Enjoyment of Constitutional Rights in the Current Regime in the Face of Constitutional Amendment Proposals, 20th September 2017
On Wednesday 20th September 2017 at about 4 p.m., Uganda Police raided and laid siege at the premises of two NGOs, Action Aid Uganda and Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies (GLISS). They then went ahead to carry out what they term police searches. These developments follow the two NGOs’ recent criticism of the proposal to amend term limits. Action Aid Uganda is a global organization that works to further human rights and defeat poverty for all. The Police cordoned off the offices and ordered staff not to leave.
The Great Lakes institute for Strategic Studies (GLiSS) on the other hand is an independent policy think tank with exclusive programming on regional and international public policy issues.
The warrant was issued on Wednesday and signed by Juliet Nakitende, a Magistrate at Makindye Magistrates Court. The police, according to the warrant, were supposed to access computer accessories (electronics), mobile handsets, money transfer related documents and bank transaction documents. This is a violation of the right to privacy which is constitutionally guaranteed under Article 27 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. Read more