Leading the way in protecting and promoting the work of HRDs
Amanzuru William Leslie
The NCHRD-U uses its values to make decisions and these deliberate choices focus on what is important to us as HRDs, supporting us with vital capacity building, joint advocacy efforts, risk assessments and practical protection support. When values are shared, they build internal cohesion in a group. Friends of ZOKA (FoZ) is an Environmental Rights NGO that advocates for rights to clean environment, protection of forests and wildlife reserves, redress in energy and climate change emergencies. As FoZ, we always say that; We must know that No amount of impunity Globally can tame nature, it’s only respect and living in harmony with nature can do so. If we forget that nature is supreme, nature will always displace our wealth and sovereignty.
Journalists are increasingly faced with new threats to their work and security, including harassment, arbitrary detentions, and imprisonments and prosecutions under spurious laws, both online and offline. These threats intensify amid violent conflicts and political campaign periods, and often force journalists into exile, where they face new challenges. In March 2019, I was faced with consistent threats to my life by unknown persons citing various photos I had taken and had ran in the Daily Monitor editions. I was confused I didn’t know what to do or where to go I was stuck and scared. Days that followed, I engaged the National Coordinator, (HRNJ-U). Who quickly came to my support with team of Human Rights Defenders and lawyers and later referred me to the NCHRD-U who facilitated me to attain a safe and secure environment while HRNJ-U worked with Uganda police to follow up the matter for a period of six months under their emergency fund