Government told to re-examine restrictive Laws

Police and Prison officers, UHRC officials and other participants at Kaunda Grounds in Gulu on Monday. Photo by Kazombo Nornie.

By Norine L. Kazombo

Gulu – The government of Uganda is committed to fighting human rights abuses in the country, according to the Uganda Human Rights Commission official.

At its 70th anniversary celebrations held at Kaunda Grounds in Gulu town on Monday, Nicholas Ogwal – the regional coordinator UHRC said government formed the commission to help fight for those whose rights are being violated.

The celebration was under the theme: “Stand up for Human Rights”.

With this year’s theme, Mr. Ogwal said that it recognizes the fact that Human Rights begin with an individual.

Also, Geoffrey Okello, the Executive Director of Civil Society Organization during the occasion, warned that if people’s lives are not respected, there is no way people can enjoy their rights.

He added that Gender Based Violence [GBV] cases are still rampant in the country, citing Gulu district. He however says most cases are concentrated in the urban centers.

“There is need for the government to revisit some of the restrictive laws like the law of freedom of association,” Okello asked government.

He further appealed to the general public that everyone has an equal right which should be respected.

The Public Order Management Act of 2013 gives many powers to Uganda head of Police Force – Inspector General of Police [IGP] to restrict public gatherings and processions.

Till now, many Ugandans, especially members of the opposition group have often complained of much oppression by police personnel whenever they want to gather.

Mr. Orech Tom – the deputy RDC of Gulu, in his speech said government plays an important role in uplifting the rights of citizens irrespective of their status.

The occasion was graced by local artist, Joyce Bosmic Otim who also launched a song which recognizes the Human Rights Commission.

The banner with key messages.

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