By Ritah Kemigisa
Days after Uganda’s human rights record was reviewed by UN member states under the Universal Periodic Review mechanism, rights activists are asking the government to this time round be more intentional in implementing recommendations.
Robert Kirenga, the executive director of the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders is particularly concerned about recommendations on civil and political liberties.
Uganda will tomorrow (February 1st) have engagements on the recommendations made during the review to either support, accept, or simply note them.
A final report of the review with clear state positions on every recommendation will then be adopted about 3 months later at a plenary session of the Human Rights Council and made available on the UPR website.
The UPR is a unique peer review mechanism created by the UN General Assembly Resolution in 2006, through which human rights records of all states are reviewed every four and a half years on equal footing by fellow states.