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Uganda Human rights registers a 20 percent increase in the number of complaints received in 2022 compared to 2021.

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Featured Photo Caption:UHRC Chairperson, Mariam Wangadya (8th, right) and the Clerk to Parliament (9th, right) in a group photo after the report handover

By Godfrey Kiyingi/KMA Updates and Parliament Media.

Uganda Human Rights Commission releases 25th annual report

Uganda Human rights has registered a 20 percent increase in the number of complaints they received in 2022 compared to 2021.

This was revealed by the chairperson of the commission Mariam Wagandya while handing over the 25th annual report on the state of human rights and freedoms in Uganda in 2022 to the clerk to parliament Adolf Mwesige who was representing the deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa.

UHRC Chairperson, Mariam Wangadya (8th, right) and the Clerk to Parliament (9th, right) in a group photo after the report handover

 

Breaking away from the tradition of focusing solely on political and civil rights, the report sheds light on critical concerns such as hunger, landslides, disease outbreaks, environmental challenges, and access to essential resources like water and fishing.

Kasaija praised the commission’s comprehensive approach, stating that the report acknowledged critical challenges that had been previously overlooked.

He also commended the UHRC for addressing concerns such as hunger, famine, landslides, and disease outbreaks, including the impact of ebola and COVID-19.

“I saw you mentioning things like fuel prices, talking about famine, talking about environment, social security, ebola, this for me is impressive because you are tackling the real issues that affect the people,” he said.

AUDIO: Adolf Mwesige Kasaija

The report also delved into environmental issues and recognised access to water and fishing as fundamental human rights. Additionally, it highlighted the adverse effects of fuel prices on the lives of Ugandans.

The Clerk expressed his appreciation for the commission’s ability to inspect places of detention, which he viewed as good for democracy.

Wangadya highlighted the increasing number of complaints from citizens. 4,370 complaints where registered in 2022 compared to 3,624 in 2021. Out of the complaints, 691 cases were registered.

AUDIO: Mariam Wangadya

“We believe that our recommendations to government if complied with will strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights in the country. We urge the Committee on Human Rights to consider the report with the importance they deserve,” she said.

Wangadya called upon the government to provide adequate funding for the commission, emphasising the urgent need to improve their salaries and address the depleted fleet of motor vehicles.

She also stated that currently they are heavily reliant on donor funding, and yet UHRC requires sustained support from the government to carry out its statutory obligations effectively.

Wangandya says that last year they registered 4,370 complaints compared to 3624 that were received in 2021.
She says that of the 4370 that they received 691 were registered and she has attributed this to the introduction of a mobile van.
Wagandya says that in their report for the last year highlights violations of human rights in areas of environment, famine, fuel prices, Ebola outbreak among others.
Wagandya says that in their report for the last year highlights violations of human rights in areas of environment, famine, fuel prices, Ebola outbreak among others.
The Clerk to parliament Adolf Mwesige informed the commission that the increase in complaints is a good sign that people are beginning to understand their mandate and urged them to continue looking at issues that affect the population
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