Human Rights Network-Uganda


About Human Rights Network-Uganda

Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET–U) is a network of human rights organizations in Uganda working to promote and protect the rights of citizens. HURINET–U was founded in 1994 as an independent, non–partisan, not–for–profit organization. Currently, HURINET–U has a membership of 60organizations that are committed to ensuring the promotion and protection of a wide range of human rights within the framework of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. The rights of children, women, and people with disabilities, prisoners and refugees are encompassed.  Since inception, HURINET–U has worked to promote and protect human rights as provided for in the regional  and international instruments that Uganda is party to and as provided in the Constitution of Uganda;  encourage close collaboration and networking among human rights organizations in Uganda as well as sharing of information and resources  among human rights organizationsRead 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

HURINET-U in Partnership with Water Aid Uganda & the Ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Development Popularised the Simplified Version of National Housing Policy, July 2017

The National Housing Policy is primarily based on the right to adequate housing which is a human right that every Ugandan is entitled to. The realization of the right to housing contributes to the economic, social and cultural rights that can be traced in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1966; the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (1986); and in the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community, 1999 at the regional Level, all of which, Uganda is a signatory. The housing sector has in the past faced challenges some of which include: lack of specific and clear Policy, legal and institutional framework on housing development  Read more

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National Dialogue on the State of Policing in Uganda

National Dialogue on the State of Policing in Uganda. This dialogue is envisioned to act as a platform for a cross-section of stakeholders to deliberate on emerging issues on policing in Uganda, reflecting on where it has come from, where it is going and where Ugandans want it to go! At the same time, the dialogue will provide an opportunity to present survey findings on the state of policing in Uganda as reflected by perceptions of members of the public in a report compiled by Human Rights Network Uganda and the National Coalition on Police Accountability and Security Sector Reform. Read more