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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

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 StatuteRead 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 colors of the national flag heading to participate in the Annual Police Week event at Nkumba University in Entebbe, on 3rd October 2017Read more

Narrowing Civic Space for Exercise and Enjoyment of Constitutional Rights in the Current Regime in the face of Constitutional Amendment proposals, 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

We Condemn the Brutality by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Law Enforcement Officers  press statement for immediate release 9th August, 2017

As citizens and human rights practitioners we take serious exception to the inhumane and degrading treatment by Kampala Capital City Authority’s (KCCA) Law Enforcement Officers meted upon roadside vendors, taxi drivers, commercial motorcyclists (boda boda) and the general public which witnesses these incessant outrages on an increasingly frequent basis. It has become common place for taxi drivers to be hounded out of taxis, motorcyclists and road-side vendors bludgeoned during arrest, to say nothing about the manner in which merchandise is confiscated from hapless roadside traders. Buyers from these vendors are not exempt of such degrading and humiliating treatment in the hands of KCCA Officers whose remuneration they contribute to through taxes.

On Friday 4thAugust 2017 it was reported that a female vendor Olivia Basemera, 38, a resident of Mengo in Kampala vending handkerchiefs was confronted by KCCA enforcement officers and as a result jumped into the Nakivubo Channel in a desperate attempt to escape and died instantly. Read more

The State of Child Labour in Pozzolana Mining in Uganda Press Statement on Child Labour in the Supply Chain of LafargeHolcim in Uganda.

Press Statement  for immediate release, 10th May 2017

A child under the age of 14 shall not be employed in any business, undertaking or work place, except for light work carried out under supervision of an adult aged over 18 years, and which does not affect the child’s education “.

Hima Cement started buying pozzolana from artisanal miners in 1992, and child labour in the quarries had been confirmed since the early 2000s. Through its subsidiary company :Hima Cement, the company announced in September 2016 that it wanted to reduce its supply from artisanal miners. The Company denied that it had child labourers in its supply chain and informed stakeholders that it wanted to completely cease its collaboration with artisanal miners and to switch to mechanised mining. In September 2016, the company decided to source only 10% of its material from artisanal miners and 90% from mechanized mines. In January 2017, Hima Cement announced it would completely stop buying from artisanal miners and it denied having had children in its supply.  Read more


Press Statement on the Rampant Killings and gun Violence and the General Insecurity in Uganda

PRESS Statement  For immediate release, 27th April 2017

It should be recalled that, scores of persons have been killed in; on the march 17March 2017 AIGP Andrew Felix kawesi, his bodyguard Erau and driver Wamewo were gunned down in Kampala, on 26th November 2016, Sheik Maj. Mohammed Kiggundu was gunned down alongside his body guard in Masanafu a Kampala Saburb, Sheikh Ibrahim Hassan Kirya was shot dead on 30 June 2015, Sheikh Ismail Ssebugwawo was killed in January2015, Sheikh Abdulrashid Wafula the Imam of Bilal Mosque in Mbale Town was gunned down. On 21 May 2015,  Joan Kagezi, the senior principal state attorney was shoot from Kiwatule a Kampala suburb on March 30th  2015,Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga was shot dead at Bwebajja Mosque along Entebbe Road on December 28th 2014, Abdul , the Shiite leader popularly known as Dakhtur, was gunned down December 25, 2014 at his home in Mayuge District, Sheikh Abdul Karim Sentamu a prominent Muslim scholar was gunned down on William Street, Kampala on April 20, 2012, Abubaker Kiweewa was shot dead by unknown assailants in Kyanja, a city suburb on June 22, 2012, Sheikh Abdul Jawali Sentunga, August 2012 while Sheikh Yunus Abubakar Mudungu, August 2012.  Read more



PRESS Statement For Immediate Release 6th January 2017

 As we close year 2016 and embark on another calendar year HURINET-U takes stock of the human rights terrain and developments that have either facilitated or limited the full enjoyment of the fundamental and basic human rights and freedoms. Hopefully, this will catalyze national reflection on what needs to be done to improve the human rights performance and ensure the enjoyment of rights and freedoms of the Ugandan citizenry. The core issues include the UPR, human rights and freedoms, legislative reforms, international criminal justice and the arms of government.

The Universal Periodic Review
Uganda is applauded for subjecting itself to the Universal State to State Peer Review (UPR) on November 3rd, 2016. Out of this review, 226 recommendations were made by 82 member States and majority (143) of these recommendations enjoyed the support of Uganda government, while sixty five (65) have been noted and eighteen (18) are pending awaiting decisions before the official adoption of the 34th session of Human Rights Council in March 2017. The recently given recommendations add to those given during the 2011 UPR. It is important that the State fully implements the recommendations made to it both in the first cycle and the second cycle of UPR. There have been concerns at the slow pace that the State has taken to develop the National Action Plan for the implementation of the human rights recommendations. Read more


Commemorating the International Human Rights Day with the theme “Stand Up for Someone’s Rights Today.” 10th December 2016

As we commemorate this year’s International Human Rights Day, the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC),and partners urge each one of us to stand up for someone’s
rights. Let us take stock of what we have achieved and failed to achieve in the area of human rights in our country “and work towards making bigger gains. According to reports by human rights institutions such as the Uganda Human Rights Commission and HURINET,Uganda among many others, there are a number of incidents and reports of human rights violations that occurred during the year ranging from violation of freedom from torture; freedom of expression and the right to assemble peacefully, deprivation of life especially the recent killings of security forces as well as royal guards in Kasese District, and the murder of Muslim clerics, deprivation of personal liberty and deprivation of property among others. Read more Read more

The State Has a Responsibility to Protect Its Citizens. 30 November 2016

The Uganda Police Force is constitutionally mandated to keep law and order, detect and prevent crime as well as protecting life and property of the citizens. However, following the events in the Rwenzori sub-region in the last ten years and the skirmishes of violence and attack on the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu on 26 and 27 of November 2016 by police and the military undermines this Constitutional mandate. What continues to baffle most stakeholders is the increased blatant abuse and violation of human rights perpetuated by state security agencies against civilians with impunity. Read more

Human Rights Child Protection Defender Killed Under Unknown Circumstances- Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Press Conference to Demand for Justice:

As most of you are aware, a few weeks ago, Human Rights Child Protection Defender working with ACODEV was killed under unknown circumstances allegedly by one Kanyamunyu. We feel that Akena’s death should not go unaccounted for, and culprit(s) unpunished. To this end therefore, HURINET-U in collaboration with other civil society organizations has organised a press conference scheduled to take place on 30th November 2016 at HURINET-U office gardens. the conference will start at 10:00am. Its critical for CSOs to rise up and challenge this high level of impunity-today its Akena, tomorrow it will be someone else. Read more


Uganda on the Spot Light at Universal Periodic Review Processes Press Statement on the Developments and the State of Rule of LawNovember 3rd, 2016.

We applaud the government of Uganda for subjecting itself to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2011 and this period of 2016. We further applaud the government for making progress in the recommendations made in 2011 by inter alia enacting the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, 2012 which is a step in the right direction towards domestication of Uganda‘s obligations under the UN-CAT, establishment of the Child and Family Protection Units at Police stations as a way to offer support to survivors of gender based violence (GBV), establishment of the Police GBV Directorate, which works with the Police force on matters of GBV and the development of the National Action Plan on Human Rights (NAP) whose process was inclusive using a consultative and participatory approach of various sections of the public including CSOs.
Nevertheless, we have observed that government’s action in terms of positive progress of implementing the 2011 recommendations is minimal when compared with failed compliance with the recommendations. For instance; Uganda has not ratified International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and has further not ratified the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – ICCPR- OP2 that advocates for abolition of death penalty. Notably, Uganda passed the Public order management Act, 2013 (POMA) despite constant calls to drop some draconian provisions, and also passed the Non-Governmental Organizations Act, 2016 which imposes heavy administrative burdens on CSOs and also narrows their civic space. Read more


Key Human Rights Concerns in the Unlawful Evictions of Front line Communities by the Uganda Wildlife Authority in Kabarole District. 24th August 2016
In the early 2000s, at least 1000 families who were living in four sub-counties of: Harugongo, Hakibaale, Kabende and Kijura Town Council in Kabarole district were evicted from land they had occupied since the 1950s by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). The affected communities are from 15 villages including: Nyakabira, Bulyambuzi, Mpinga, Igogonya, Nsorro, Kigoro–Rwabihamba, Butuku 1, Butuuku 2, Kabaswiswi, Kisagara, Kihara, Masongora, Kanyabuhuka, Kasesenge and Kyakabaseke. Read more

Narrowing Space for Exercise and Enjoyment of Constitutional Rights in the Current Regime Policing in Uganda, July 2016

For Immediate Release

On the on the 12th July 2016, Dr.KiizaBesigye a former presidential candidate in the just concluded Presidential elections was released on bail. Upon release, he was escorted under tight security to his home in Kasangati. In the process of being escorted, a number of events took place but most importantly, a display of violation of citizens’ rights by security forces especially the Uganda police. On the 13th July 2016, while on his way to the FDC party offices in Najjanankumbi, similar acts of police brutality were carried out against FDC supporters. These above events had very outstanding issues on human rights protection and enjoyment by Ugandan citizens. HURINET-U is concerned that in so doing, the police, the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces and ununiformed men acted with grave impunity and has taken note of the following:  Read more


Visit of President Omar Al Bashir to Uganda

Human Rights Network-Uganda (HURINET-U), The Uganda Coalition on the International Criminal
Court (UCICC),   The International Center for Transitional Justice, Avocats San Frontiers and Atrocities Watch are dismayed to learn that Government of Uganda has extended an invitation
to President Omar Al Bashir of Sudan to attend President Yoweri Museveni’s swearing in on Thursday May 12, 2016. President Omar Al Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court
(ICC) for the alleged perpetration of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crime. The warrants for his arrest remain outstanding.  Read more

Industrial Action By UNATU: Government’s Failure to Adhere to Teachers Demand Is A serious Blow To The Public Education System.

Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) declared an Industrial Action from the 14th of September 2013 in respect of Government failure to fulfil its commitment of 20% salary increment delayed release of capitation grant and allowances for science Teachers which were negotiated on behalf of all Teachers in Uganda.  Read more

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60 Former Flying Squad operatives sent home

The Flying Squad has been on the frontline of fighting violent crimes like aggravated robberies, car thefts and kidnaps. Last month, Mr Okoth-Ochola restructured the Flying Squad and reverted its former commandant, Mr Herbert Muhangi to general duties, which is a lower responsibility. Read more