Uganda on Thursday joined the rest of the world to celebrate the annual International Human Rights Day, which is the anniversary of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Speaking to press in Kampala, the Ag. Chairperson of Uganda Human Rights Commission, Katebalirwe Amooti this year’s national celebration would focus on encouraging youth to actively participate in the human rights movements and gauge their level of knowledge in the principles of human rights.
The event, he said would also bring together key stakeholders to dialogue on the measures required to ensure free, fair and credible general elections, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic challenges.”
Amooti noted that during this period of Covid 19, the major cases of human rights violations observed so far include sexual and gender based violence, early child marriages, torture, violation of right to food, life , livelihood ,property and Access to justice.
“The Commission and partners have within our respective mandates severally pronounced ourselves on concerns of human rights violations and provided guidance to the country. ”
The commemoration event was held at Mestil Hotel Kampala under the theme “BUILDING BACK BETTER: Putting Human Rights at the Centre of the COVID-19 Recovery.”