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Double-dealing defines U.S. politics

BEIJING | Xinhua | Washington delights in touting such noble terms as democracy, human rights and rules-based international order, but what it does betrays what it truly believes. The Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, featuring violent protesters, damaged statues, vandalized offices and terrified lawmakers inside the “seat of American democracy,” …

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UDHR National Dialogue highlights elimination of gender norms

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The National Dialogue commemorating 75 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) highlighted the urgency of challenging gender norms to combat gender-based violence, standing as a key point of discussion. Officials from various sectors including Uganda Prisons, the electoral commission, the Judiciary, the …

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Broke UHRC says it has a backlog of 1400 cases

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The Uganda Human Rights Commission-UHRC faces a backlog of 1400 cases due to limited funding. Mariam Wangadya, the Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission, disclosed the commission’s predicament on Wednesday, citing resource constraints that have stalled the resolution of over 1400 cases. These …

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Is Uganda Human Rights Commission rebranding?

New focus is on the economy, instead of civil and political rights Kampala, Uganda | DICTA ASIIMWE | For years, Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has produced annual reports with various variations of this excerpt from its 2020 report: “The government was reluctant to investigate, prosecute, or punish officials who committed …

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Human rights abuses impact all Ugandans

UHRC shouldn’t be lamenting like the rest of us about human rights violators when it can bring them to order COMMENT | PETER NYANZI | I read Uganda Human Rights Commission Boss Mariam Wangadya’s article titled, ‘Let’s depoliticise human rights’ (New Vision, October 26), with mixed feelings. Of course given that …

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Justice Minister Mao calls for decency from human rights fighters

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Norbert Mao has urged opposition figures and human rights activists to refrain from using political rhetoric when advocating for human rights. He accused some activists and politicians of employing derogatory language when referring to government leaders, institutions, and President …

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Arrests and intimidation over EACOP

New Human Rights Watch report documents outcry from Ugandan ‘environmental defenders’ Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | Environmental defenders and anti-fossil fuel activists in Uganda continue to face arbitrary arrests, harassment, and threats for raising concerns over a planned oil pipeline popularly known as EACOP, according to a new report published …

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Experts argue on trial, detention and decongesting prisons

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Human Rights lawyers have proposed a number of reforms for Uganda to realize a significant decrease in pro-longed pre-trial detentions and remands so as to decongest the prisons. Uganda’s laws provide for a maximum of 48 hrs under which the police can detain a …

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