” Equipping us with MDR skills not only enhances our knowledge …said Mr. Yusuf Makweta, Mbale HRD Focal person..but it also enables us to contribute to reports on the Country human rights situation”
The National coalition of human rights Defenders in close collaboration with the office of the UN, organized a two day training for HRDs in the eastern region. The training focused on human rights knowledge and mostly monitoring, documentation and reporting of human rights violations. As most of participants work on reporting Human Rights Violations, it presented them an opportunity to boost their capacity in reporting and documentation. The objectives of the training were to allow appreciation of a common understanding of human rights, appreciation of specific human rights legal frameworks at national ,regional and international level for protection of human rights defenders; it was also to help participants acquire knowledge and skills on human rights monitoring.
This initiative feeds in to the greater objectives of the National coalition of human rights defenders which are geared to ensuring an enabling working environment for HRDs in Uganda. Through improved reporting, it would help to raise the coalitions’ advocacy efforts at both National and regional level. Within the National Coalition membership, there are already organizations that do advocacy at both National and international level. With good reports founded on verified statistics, then it would help to realise evidence based advocacy in a bid to address the human rights violations in the region.