By Crispin Kaheru, Commissioner Uganda Human Rights Commission-UHRC. As we commemorate this year’s International Human Rights Day, we note the progress made thus far. We however remain concerned about any threats preventing citizens, men, women, and children from fully living a life in dignity and freedom from violence.
In line with the theme of this year’s Human Rights Day, we condemn all forms of human rights violations including child marriages, wife beating, defilement and rape. These practices are mainly driven by backward cultures, poverty, and ignorance in communities.
This is the time for the Government to re-commit to partnering with the community to weed out all forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Uganda.
This is also the moment for men to rise to the occasion and protect women and girls against any form of harmful practices that violate their rights. We, the men, should be allies in this fight against GBV.
Uganda has today, Saturday December 10, 2022 joined the rest of the world to commemorate the Human Rights Day 2022 under the theme “Dignity, Freedom & Justice for All” in Nakawuka, Wakiso District.
Uganda remains one of the countries registering high levels of human rights violation,with the state accused of harassing opposition political actors, journalists, Civil Society Organizations-CSO, Non-Governmental Organizations-NGOs and other cases.
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document, which proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.