Uganda to enact Rights enforcement law

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SUPPORTING THE BILL: Attorney General Fred Ruhindi

A new law that will provide for procedures of enforcing human rights and related matters in Uganda is in the offing.

The chairperson of Parliament’s Human Rights Committee Jovah Kamateeka is drafting the bill, entitled the Human Rights (Enforcement) Bill 2015, to be introduced as a Private Members Bill.

The move is in line with Article 54 of the Constitution which mandates parliament to make laws for the enforcement of guaranteed rights and freedoms.

Kamateeka was granted leave of Parliament to table the bill following a motion seconded by the National People With Disabilities (PWDS) Woman representative Safia Nalule and Bulamogi County MP Kenneth Lubogo.

Kamateeka said that since the 1995 Constitution was promulgated, Parliament has not enacted any law providing for the enforcement of human rights by all persons, institutions and organizations of government.

Buikwe North MP, Onyango Kakoba who also chairs the Committee on Justice and Human Rights in the Pan African Parliament (PAP) is optimistic that law, once enacted, will restore hope for persons whose rights are abused.

“This bill is to enforce what is provided for in the Constitution, which is proper because much as we have provisions through which people are supposed to be defended on issues of human rights, there is no enforcement mechanism”, said MP Kakoba.

Efforts to get a comment from the Uganda National Human Rights Commission were futile by press time, but it is on record that the institution has ordered for the compensation to be effected for several of those whose rights have been violated by state security agencies.

Attorney General Fred Ruhindi said that the bill will close the human rights enforcement gap.