Promote awareness and understanding of human rights in Uganda
The Human Rights Centre Uganda (HRCU) is a nonprofit organization established in November 2008 with the aim of contributing to the protection and promotion of the rights of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Uganda.
The target group of the 3 years project comprises of 480 law enforcement and implementation officers from institutions of the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) like Uganda Police, Prisons, State Attorneys and Judicial Officers as well as HRDs, cultural institutions and residents in four districts in Eastern Uganda (Jinja, Mbale,Tororo and Soroti).
The overall project objective is to promote human rights awareness and understanding, to improve access to and delivery of justice in Eastern Uganda. The project purpose is to establish coordination and cooperation amongst HRDs, general public, law enforcement and implementation agencies in understanding and applying human rights standards in the implementation of laws like the Public Order Management Act, Anti-Pornography Act (APA) and the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act.
Expected results and activities will be:
• Knowledge of 480 law enforcement and implementation officers in JLOS and other key arms of government about the provisions of laws, the human rights standards and the human rights based approach to law enforcement and implementation increased as well as their capacity to apply human rights standards in the implementation of laws improved. This will be done through 4 regional public dialogues, 16 capacity building workshops as well as the community outreach programs.
• Awareness by HRDs and the general public in Eastern Uganda of human rights standards that need to be complied with in the implementation of laws that may impact human rights negatively increased through 6 radio talk shows and 3 televised debates.
During a 3 months planning phase a baseline survey and a capacity needs assessment will be conducted and feed into the planned workshops, outreach programs, talk shows and debates.