REGIONAL LEVEL TRAINING ON MONITORING,DOCUMENTING AND REPORTING ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS FOR NATIONAL COALITION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS MEMBERS IN EASTERN UGANDA.

 

In June 2014, with support of the UN Office of the High Commissioner the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda hosted 40 Human rights defenders to an intense three day workshop on Monitoring, Documentation and reporting of human rights violations in Mbale,Eastern Uganda. The Human Rights defenders were drawn from various thematics: Child rights protection, land rights, women rights et al. The participants engaged with the facilitators on engaging Human rights protection mechanisms inclusive of national, regional and International. A documentary around the workings of the Human Rights Council was also shared with participants! HRDs in the region realise that there has been surging rights abuses in mining areas of Karamoja and post disarmament abuses that still need redress. So they found the training useful.
HRDs drawn from  Teso and Karamoja sub-region pose for a group photo with the team from office of the UN and the National Secretariat for HRDs Uganda in Mbale

HRDs drawn from Teso and Karamoja sub-region pose for a group photo with the team from office of the UN and the National Secretariat for HRDs Uganda in Mbale

” 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.

Andrew Akutu Human rights officer from the office of the UN takes participants through the National, regional and international protection mechanisms for HRDs

Andrew Akutu Human rights officer from the office of the UN takes participants through the National, regional and international protection mechanisms for HRDs

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.

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