OHCHR - Strengthening Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Uganda
Promote and protect all human rights for all persons in Uganda
Increased State compliance with international human rights standards and principles in the areas of human rights and development; combatting impunity and the rule of law and engagement with international human rights mechanisms. Strengthened capacity of rights holders to increasingly demand and claim their rights and to hold government accountable.
The project will contribute to the realization of 7 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: 2. Zero Hunger, 3. Good Health and Well-Being, 4. Quality Education, 5. Gender Equality, 10. Reduced Inequalities, 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions and 17. Partnerships for the Goals.
The project will be implemented in various regions all over Uganda. The main partners and target groups of the one year project are state institutions (e.g. Uganda Police Force, the Uganda Human Rights Commission or the Ministry of Health), Civil Society and UN Agencies. The activities will target 2,559 employees of state institution, Civil Society Organisations and UN Agencies as direct beneficiaries. Indirect beneficiaries of the project are the population of Uganda.
The project purpose is to strengthen national capacities of government and relevant actors to promote and protect all human rights for all persons in Uganda through technical and advisory assistance taking the form of; capacity building on international human rights standards and principles, human rights trainings, awareness raising and sensitization, monitoring and advocacy on human rights situations and individual cases to assess state compliance with international human right obligations.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Uganda was established in 2005 through an Agreement between Uganda and OHCHR. Currently, OHCHR holds a mandate for the whole country on promotion and protection of human rights. Although, Uganda has ratified a number of the core international and regional human rights treaties/conventions, the government engagement with international human rights mechanisms remains weak. The progress in domesticating international human rights standards in domestic legal framework has slowed down. The delay in enactment of these bills into law coupled with poor enforcement of existing laws does not only reinforce gender inequalities but deprive women and girls from the enjoyment of all their human rights on an equal basis with men and boys.