Parliamentary Human Rights Project

Project partner: Daikonia

 The Parliamentary Human Rights Programme is implemented by the Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) with the support of Diakonia Uganda which primarily works to promote human rights in collaboration with Parliament’s Committee on Human Rights Affairs.

Under this project, CEPA co-convened the Annual Human Rights Convention, conducted community meetings in Zombo, Nwoya and Amuria districts respectively, conduct Monitoring and Evaluation in Nwoya and Amuria districts and produce analysis videos on different topics among them highlighting the plight of the PWD’s in Uganda, Gender-Based Violence ( GBV) and climate justice, Climate Justice, the state of prisons in Uganda, torture, permits issued on wetlands, Management of wetlands in Uganda, Harassment of Women, Police use of violence during arrests, revenge porn (sharing of explicit sexual images and videos without the consent of the owners and wetland degradation in Uganda.

CEPA commissioned analysis papers to inform perspectives on human rights focused on women and conducted a televised discussion on Land Rights for Women. CEPA also held a public meeting on the Sexual Offence Bill Persons with young men and women at Makerere University and consultative meetings. Disabilities Dialogue together with male MPs on the Marriage and Divorce Bill and upcountry consultative meetings in Lamwo, Zombo, Amuria and Apac.

The upcountry consultative meetings were attended by a collective of over 200 MPS and CSO actors including members of the Judiciary, and 400 women who shared insights on the Marriage and Divorce Bill. The perspectives from the consultative meetings were curated and shared with Parliament’s Human Rights Committee for action. All the convened meetings created a platform for women and marginalized groups to engage with the local leadership, the police and the legislative arm of government ( through the Women Members of Parliament) that uses this as a source of information for the law-making the process.

The project was designed to support nationally responsive and accountable legal and institutional mechanisms that ensure that the state and citizens uphold, protect and promote fundamental and other human rights and freedoms in the country.  The interventions respond to three interrelated challenges; limited follow up on recommendations of Parliament and other human rights bodies on the human rights and governance violations that undermine accountability for human rights violations; the inadequate or non-adherence of legislation and government programmes to human rights standards enshrined in the Constitution and Parliament’s limited or no response to emerging human rights issues in the public arena.

Project partner: Daikonia  The Parliamentary Human Rights Programme is implemented by the Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) with the support of Diakonia Uganda which

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