Submission
DefendDefenders submits 4 joint reports to 26th session of UPR Working Group

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The process provides for the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations and national human rights institutions (NHRIs). Civil society actors and NHRIs can submit information which can be added to the “other stakeholders” report to be considered during the review.

For the 26th Session of the UPR Working Group, DefendDefenders submitted four joint reports for the UPRs of South Sudan and Uganda.

Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review on the Republic of South Sudan

The report highlight concerns related to harassment, intimidation and persecution of members of civil society organisations; restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and attacks on journalists and media platforms; restrictions on the right to freedom of assembly; and restrictions on the right to freedom of association.

Submitted by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project.


Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review on the Republic of Uganda

The report acknowledges the positive steps taken by the government of Uganda to address issues concerning human rights defenders, but also outlines a series of urgent concerns relating to the operating environment in which civil society and journalists have been systemically targeted by the government  since 2011.

Joint Submission by National Coalition for Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRD-U), East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (DefendDefenders), Human Rights Centre Uganda (HRCU), Uganda Law Society (ULS), Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), Avocats Sans Frontieres (ASF), Defenders Protection Initiative (DPI) , Uganda NGO Forum, Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET-U), and Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ-U).


The Right to Privacy in Uganda
Stakeholder Report for the UN Universal Periodic Review on the Republic of Uganda

This report bring forward concerns about the protection and promotion of the right to privacy in Uganda.

Submitted by the Unwanted Witness Uganda, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and Privacy International.


Civil and Political Rights Situation in the Republic of Uganda 2011-2016

The report provides recommendation for the implementation of international human rights obligations, specifically relating to the right to life; freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly; the right to liberty and security of person; the right to a fair trial; and the electoral process.

Submitted by Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, with contributions from Human Rights and Peace Centre, Community Affairs Network Uganda, Human Rights and Democracy Link Africa, National Foundation for Democracy and Human Rights in Uganda, Uganda National NGO Forum, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, Mission After Custody, Centre for Constitutional Governance, Northern Uganda Anti-Corruption Coalition, and Corruption Brakes Crusade.