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OHCHR in Uganda (2008-2009)


Human rights context

 
OHCHR’s Uganda country office was established in July 2005, initially to protect and empower populations in the conflict-affected areas of northern Uganda. By September 2007, OHCHR had six field offices (Gulu, Pader, Lira, Kitgum, Soroti, Moroto) in addition to its office in Kampala.

OHCHR Uganda responds to three distinct, yet historically interlinked, human rights problems in the country: the southern,western and central districts of Uganda, including the capital Kampala,which have registered considerable socio-economic progress and a growing economy over the last 20 years, but which still lag in the realization of economic and social rights and require the incorporation of human rights in development planning; the effects of the 21-year internal conflict in the north, where peace talks have made progress but the core issues of justice, impunity, security and livelihoods must still be addressed; and the widespread human rights violations that took place during government operations to disarm people in the northeastern Karamoja subregion, a centre of illegal arms trade and one of the most impoverished areas in the country. 

 

Achievements

 

OHCHR’s human rights monitoring, investigations and research enabled the Office to raise public awareness of, and advocate for an end to, human rights violations in the forgotten subregion of Karamoja.

OHCHR’s technical support to the Uganda Human Rights Commission and its Civil-Military Cooperation Centres resulted in a significantly strengthened national human rights protection capacity in the conflict-affected north, and allowed for the establishment of district-level human rights protection structures and capacities under the National Policy on Internally Displaced Persons.

During the ongoing peace talks, OHCHR conducted an extensive public survey to amplify the voices of victims on justice, accountability and reconciliation. The Office also provided technical expertise on these issues.

OHCHR’s cooperation with UNICEF has prompted the Government to develop a national action plan against the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict. OHCHR also developed partnerships with legal aid organizations and paralegals operating in IDP camps in an effort to build a human rights monitoring and reporting network at the parish level.

Training sessions on implementing treaty body recommendations were offered to various stakeholders. A national Treaty Body Implementation Coordination Committee was established, consisting of representatives from the Government and civil society. OHCHR obtained a commitment from the Government and initiated preparations for the long-overdue State party report under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

 

Priorities

 
Assuming that a peace agreement will be concluded between the Government and the Lord’s Resistance Army by the end of 2007, OHCHR Uganda will focus on monitoring human rights in the context of the return of internally displaced people and the progressive return of civilian law-enforcement and judicial institutions; transitional justice initiatives; and land rights. OHCHR will provide technical guidance on peace negotiations or the implementation of a peace agreement. In the context of return, OHCHR will continue to monitor the landrestitution process and advocate for the establishment of dispute-resolution mechanisms that comply with international human rights principles.

The Office will also intensify its efforts to strengthen national and local capacity to systematically monitor and respond to conflict-related human rights violations as well as those in the Karamoja region. In cooperation with other protection agencies, the Office will continue its human rights training programmes for the army, police, judiciary, lawyers, prison officials and paralegals. OHCHR will also train human rights civil society organizations in lobbying and advocacy.

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Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division
Geneva, Switzerland

Africa Section 
Tel. +41 22 928 9694
Geneva, Switzerland
 
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Tel: (256) 41 233 440
Kampala, Uganda
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