NCHRD-U alongside its member programs, strives to strengthen the capacities of HRDs to manage their personal and organizational security and protection. We coordinate and implement trainings in personal and organizational security as well as provide practical digital security tips that HRDs integrate as best practices in their operations to address their security needs.
The work concentrates on building the capacity in the following specific areas:
- Monitoring, documenting and reporting of human rights violations
- Legal Compliance for HRDs
- Safety and security management
- Digital Training Component
- Database Management
Due to the increasing office break-ins to member organisations, the program coordinates in-house organizational safety and security trainings for select organisations. This is an initiative that NCHRD-U started in June 2015 and has so far covered a good number of Member organisations across Uganda.
The capacity Building component is inter-linked with the other programmatic areas especially the protection and emergency response program. We work closely with International and National partners to coordinate and deliver these trainings.
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
– Racheal Mabala (Environmental Rights Defender and EU Human Rights Defenders of the year 2019)