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Congratulatory Message to Ms Ritah Aciro Laker

(Kampala/April 29th,2021). The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRD-U) congratulates Ms. Ritah Aciro Laker on winning the European Union Human Rights Defenders Award 2021. Ms. Aciro is the Executive Director of Uganda Women’s’ Network (UWONET) and has been at the forefront of advocacy and campaigning on the rights

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Press Statement on Police Search at Reach A Hand Uganda

(Kampala/April 17th,2021). The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRD-U) has learnt of events at Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) with concern. Yesterday, Uganda Police Force undertook a search operation at RAHU offices at about 03:46pm in Kasanga. The Police officers at the scene presented a search warrant obtained

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Statement of Condolence on the Passing of Archbishop Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga

(Kampala 5th April,2021). The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda expresses its deepest sympathies with the Catholic Fraternity, bereaved family and colleagues at the sudden loss of the Archbishop of the Kampala Catholic Archdiocese Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga. Ordained as a priest on 8th April,1978, Dr Lwanga served religiously

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National CSO Stakeholders forum on the Universal Periodic Review of Uganda 2020 – 2022

Distinguished partners and colleagues, I wish to welcome you all to today’s strategic engagement on Uganda’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. Iam encouraged by the diverse and inclusive representation today. And for us at the coalition, it’s what we aim for-that the UPR process is as inclusive and robust as

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Statement in Condolence with the Family, Friends & Colleagues of Commissioner Ndiame Gaye

(Kampala 31st March,2021). The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders expresses its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Commissioner Ndiame Gaye. Commissioner Gaye was the Special Rapporteur and Chairperson of the Working Group on the Death Penalty, Extra-judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Africa.

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Statement on the Visit of the Dutch Ambassador, H.E Dr. Karin Boven at the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRD-U)

(Kampala/March 23rd ,2021) Today, The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRD-U) was privileged to host the Ambassador of the Royal Netherlands Embassy H.E Dr. Karin Boven. Together with the Senior Governance & Human Rights Advisor at the Embassy, Ms. Grace Babihuga, the Ambassador was briefed about the current

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Uganda: Statement on Office Break-in at Chapter Four Uganda.

(Kampala/March 18 ,2021). The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Uganda this morning learnt of an absurd break-in into Chapter Four Uganda premises, a civil liberties and rights group in Uganda. According to one of the staff at the Organisation, the break-in happened in the wee hours of this morning at

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Uganda: Journalism is not a crime: Stop subjecting Journalists to torture and cruel, in-human degrading treatment or punishment whilst they undertake their legitimate work.

(Kampala / February 18, 2021) The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders in Uganda (NCHRD-U) expresses deep and grave concern over the continued targeting of journalists while they undertake their legitimate work. This follows an incident yesterday,17/02/2021 at the premises of the Offices of the United Nations Human Commissioner for

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Call for Expression of Interest towards compilation of a National Report on Human Rights Defenders and Elections

About National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda. The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRD-U) is a registered organization of various organizations and individual Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) that was formed in 2013. It seeks to strengthen the work of HRDs throughout the country through synergy and collaboration

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Uganda: The Human Rights Defenders operating landscape in the recently concluded 2021 Electoral cycle; Lows and Highs

(Kampala/February 1st ,2021). The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Uganda and its strategic partners express concern with the patterns of attacks on HRDs and a worrying erosion of fundamental human rights that are basic tenets of a functional democracy as evidenced in the last general election 2021. While we recognize

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Call for Data Entry Clerks (updated)

The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRD-U) is looking for three (3) Data Clerks to enter information into our database from paper documents. The ideal candidate is expected to be computer savvy with a keen eye for detail. The NCHRD-U will rely on you for having accurate and

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Uganda: Urgent call to all electoral authorities (state and non-state actors) to ensure protection of Human Rights and Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) during polling days.

(Kampala/January 11,2021) The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders -Uganda with its membership of close to 150 CSO organisations countrywide expresses concern to the rising  cases of  human rights violations and abuses as we head to  the 2021 polling days on the 12th,14th and 20th January,2021 and wish to retaliate

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End of Year Statement – 2020

Esteemed Partners, Friends and Colleagues, Greetings from the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Uganda. As we come to the closure of the year 2020, I would like on behalf of the secretariat team to express our deepest appreciation to  all our partners and human rights defenders on the ground and

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Uganda: Call for Immediate Release of Prominent Human Rights Defender- Nicholas Opiyo and two others.

(Kampala/December 23,2020) The undersigned organisations strongly condemn the arbitrary arrest of reknown human rights defender Nicholas Opiyo. On 22 December, Opiyo in the company of two other lawyers Odur Anthony and Esomu Simon were arrested at about 4.00pm by plain clothed security agents at Lamaro restaurant in Kamokya suburb, Kampala,

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Communiqué: Claiming Spaces for Ugandan Human Rights Defenders

In commemoration of International Human Rights Defenders Day and International Human Rights Day, DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) in partnership with the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRD-U) convened over 100 human rights defenders (HRDs) from across Uganda for the ninth edition of its annual flagship event, Claiming Spaces: Tactical Tools for Human Rights Defenders. The opening ceremony

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Call for Expression of Interest: Development of a Customised Human Rights/Human Rights Defenders’ Violation Tracker

The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders in Uganda (NCHRD-U) is a network organization that brings together individuals and civil society organizations that are involved in the protection and promotion of human in Uganda commonly known as human rights defenders (HRDs). There are about 148 registered organizations that form the

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Call for Expression of Interest -Documentation of NCHRD-U Success Stories

2.0 Objective of the assignment The main objective of the assignment is to document National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Uganda (NCHRD-U) achievements and success stories in print, photography, audio and video as told by the beneficiaries of its services. The outputs from the case studies shall highlight the achievements registered

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Press Statement on state of Human Rights Defenders and NHRI Constitution

Uganda: Urgent call to fully constitute the NHRI by the appointing of a sub- stantive Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission in face of worrying attacks to fundamental human rights and freedoms of Human Rights Defenders.. (Kampala / November 17th, 2020) The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders in

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Mid Term Assessment of the State’s Progress in Implementation of the UPR 2nd Cycle Recommendation On HRDs

Kampala-06th October,2020). Today we launched our mid-term Assessment of the state’s progress in implementation of the Universal Periodic Review(UPR). UPR is mechanism through which the human rights council assesses the human rights situations in each UN member state and is a state driven process. its major goal is to improve

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Abusive arrests in Uganda : NGOs call for the immediate release of journalists and environmental rights defenders

Three journalists and six environmental activists were arrested by police in Hoima, Uganda, on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday, 16 September 2020. Two are still in detention. They had come to denounce the destruction of one of the country’s largest forest reserves and the risks posed by the development of the

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Uganda: Human Rights in peril as COVID-19 escalates in the face of 2021 elections.

(Kampala / September 10, 2020) The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders in Uganda (NCHRD-U) expresses concern over the escalation of human rights violations across the first half of 2020, specifically targeting Human Rights Defenders (HRDs). As we head to the 2021 electoral period, particularly the campaign period, we wish

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National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Uganda Annual General Assembly-2020

The theme for this year’s Annual Assembly “Reflecting on Resilience and coping mechanisms for Human Rights Defenders in challenging times” held on the 28th August,2020 both physically and online attracted 160 member organisations. Key note address was delivered by Mr. Joris Van Bommel, Charge d’Affaires of the Netherlands Embassy to

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Uganda:Standing side by side with grass-root Human Rights Defenders

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Parliament To Introduce A Private Member’s Bill Entitled “The Human Rights Defenders Bill”

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Call for Consultants Virtual Learning for NCHRDU – Terms of Reference

The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders in Uganda (NCHRD-U) is a network organization that brings together individuals and civil society organizations that are involved in the protection and promotion of human in Uganda commonly known as human rights defenders (HRDs). There are about 148 registered organizations that form the

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Call for Proposals – Human Resource Consultancy

SUMMARY OF THE TASK: 3.0. OVERALL OBJECTIVE: The overall objective of the task is to review the current HR processes, develop and implement HR strategies and initiatives aligned with the overall business strategy. 4.0. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES The specific objectives of the assignment are: Review the current HR processes Develop HR

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International Human Rights Defenders Day

In many countries , community leaders, lawyers, journalists, civil society actors and other individual human rights defenders are facing unprecedented levels of persecution, intimidation and violence as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is undermined and ignored. Many human rights organizations are prevented from carrying out their work and some

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Enhancing collaborative efforts between NCHRD-U and HRD service providers

The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders organised a meeting with the different service providers working with Human Rights Defenders under the theme ” To enhance collaborative efforts between NCHRD-U and HRD service providers: The meeting was aimed at discussing collaborative strategies and guiding principles in the work of HRDs. The meeting

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Democracy on Trial Report Launch!” Human Rights Defenders working in the context of elections in Uganda

Hon. Lyandro Komakech officially Launches the report on behalf of the Deputy Speaker of Parliament. (Kampala, October 11th 2019) The Coalition today comes with final validated findings on the realization/enjoyment of the rights to peaceful Assembly, Association and Expression by Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) during the electoral cycle in Uganda. This

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Call for Proposals – August 2019

OVERALL OBJECTIVE The overall objective of the task is to review existing materials, consult different key stakeholders, develop and deliver a gender sensitive HRD case management that is simple, clear, participatory and user friendly for all case handlers and protection service providers especially at the grass root level. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE

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Uganda: A clarion call to ensure the protection of Human Rights Defenders

(Kampala, June 27th 2019) The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (NCHRD-U) decries the continued attacks on Human Rights Defenders across Uganda by both state and non-state actors. Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) are often mis-understood and misrepresented, so it is important to define who and what an HRD is before

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Calls for Proposals

Please refer to the attached documents for individual information on the Calls for Proposals. On a mid-term assessment of the state’s progress in implementing the UPR (2nd cycle)  recommendations on human rights defenders(HRDS) Undertaking a study on the Realisation and Enjoyment of the Right to Freedom of Expression, Assembly and Association

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Regional Coalition Building in Kumi District

The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (NCHRD-U) together with SAF Teso organised  a one day engagement on regional coalition building in Kumi District.on 26th/07/2017 under the theme “Teso sub region: HRDs committed to provide a unified voice and coordinated focus in addressing protection needs for HRDs. The engagement was attended

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Humans Rights Defenders Day 2017 Press Statement

On behalf of the organisers, partners and participants, we’d like to thank you all for being here to celebrate the International Human Rights Defenders Days. Media and the press play a crucial role in defending human rights in Uganda, so were very glad to have all of you here with

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COVID-19 Guidelines for Human Rights Defenders

SAFETY & SECURITY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS DURING COVID-19. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a serious global health crisis that has already caused several hundred thousand deaths worldwide and continues to be a threat to our health and livelihoods. This has led to organisations closing offices and working remotely from their

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Call to take immediate and urgent measures to protect the rights of detainees in Uganda.

To the attention of the Chief Justice, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional affairs, the Director of Public Prosecutions; the Inspectorate General of Police and the Commissioner General of Prisons. RE: Call to take immediate and urgent measures to protect the rights of detainees in Uganda. In Kampala, 27 March

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MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL COALITION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS COALITION UGANDA AMIDST COVID19

Partners, At a time of global crisis, we here at NCHRD-U hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and secure. We are in this together and are trying to adjust to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic across the world where it has been devastating and now in

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Call for Proposals – Undertaking a Study to Assess the Situation of Human Rights Defenders Working in the Oil and Extractive Sector of Uganda

Please refer to the attached downloads for details. APPLICATION PROCEDURES Interested and qualified consultants should submit their application which should include the following: A technical proposal including the consultants understanding of the terms of reference, an inception report detailing the proposed work plan and details of similar tasks completed successfully;

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25 years After the Beijing Conference: Still Not Doing Enough to Protect Women Human Rights Defenders in Africa

In commemoration of the 2020 International Women’s Day, 12 civil society organisations (CSOs) honor the brave women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in Africa, and worldwide, and call on state authorities to ensure protection and well-being of WHRDs. In 1995, with the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action,

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Don’t Act Violently, Human Rights Defenders Advised.

By John B. Thawite As Uganda continues to undergo a democratic metamorphosis, Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in the country have been warned against being confrontational while executing their work. The advice was sounded by the Executive Director, National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders, Uganda (UNCHRD-U), Robert Kirenga. Kirenga was addressing

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Human Rights Defenders In Rwenzori Region Trained In Physical & Digital Safety & Security Management

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2020: Rights Defenders Predict Tougher Times, Urge Police to Shun Brutality

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Uganda: Police Use Public Order Law to Abuse Rights – Activists

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Uganda: The New Year is an opportunity to end stifling of freedoms, attacks on Human Rights Defenders.

(From left to right) Ms. Charity Ahimbisibwe (Acting Cordinator Citizens’ Coalition for Electral Democracy in Uganda), Mr Robert Sempala (ED Human Rights Network For Journalists), Mr Robert Kirenga (ED National Coalition Of Human Rights Defenders Uganda), Ms. Catherine Anite (ED Freedom Of Expression Hub), Kiyai Dorothy Ndiko (Protection Offi cer National Coalition Of Human Rights Defenders Uganda), Edward Serucaca (Advocacy And

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International Human Rights Defenders Day 2019 Communique

Kampala – December 6th, 2019) We the undersigned Human Rights Defenders gathered here today at Hotel Africana to commemorate the International Human Rights Defenders Day 2019 under the theme: “StandUp for Human Rights: Situating synergies toward protection of Human Rights Defenders”,-organized by The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHD-U),

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Human Rights Defenders to Challenge NGO Act in Court

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National Human Rights Defenders Referral Network in Uganda launched

The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Uganda(NCHRD-U) has today launched the National Human Rights Defenders Referral Network in a half day meeting officiated by the Uganda Human Rights Commissioner Hon.Meddie Mulumba. The Referral Network consists of 35 civil society organisations and is aimed at creating an avenue for collective response

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2018 Advocate Robert Kirenga

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