9TH December, 2018 coincides with the commemoration of 20 years of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. The Declaration defines an HRD as anyone working towards the promotion and protection of human rights in a non-violent manner. This broad definition encompasses professionals as well as non-professional human rights workers, volunteers, journalists, lawyers and anyone else carrying out, even on an occasional basis, a human rights activity.
The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRD-U) plays an integral role in harnessing a transparent and accountable working environment for HRDs in Uganda and since 2015 has taken leadership in efforts towards commemoration of HRD Day. The coalition considers International HRD Day a good opportunity to raise the profile of the work of HRDs and also draw attention to the most pressing challenges of HRDs in Uganda. Working with many key partners and stakeholders, an annual commemoration has been held consistently for the last 3 years.
Read more about the NCHRD-U's commemoration of the International Human Rights Defenders Day