Uganda: 2nd Periodic Report, 2000-2006
Concluding ObservationsAdopted at 40th Ordinary Session, 15 - 29 November 2006, Banjul, Gambia.
The African Commission recommends that the Government of Uganda should:
- Take concrete actions to give effect to the provisions of the African Charter;
- Comply with Article 7 of the African Charter and in particular, the 2001 Principles and Guidelines on Fair Trial and Legal Assistance in Africa, as the later clearly prohibits the trial of civilians by military tribunals;
- Reduce the marginalization of the Northern part of the country (East Karamoja) by strengthening central government services to eradicate poverty, overcome insecurity and foster development;
- Consider amending the recently enacted NGO Registration (Amendment) Act with a view to incorporating the concerns raised by NGOs;
- Collaborate with civil societies, international and regional organizations, to sensitize people and address Uganda’s difficulties, in particular problems related to insecurity, unemployment and development;
- Abolish the death penalty;
- Ensure that the rights of indigenous people and other vulnerable groups are respected;
- Enhance the implementation of the national policy on IDPs and ensure the rehabilitation of social and economic infrastructures in order to ensure their return and resettlement.
- Follow the African Commission’s Guidelines for the Preparation of Periodic Reports, and collaborate with NGOs and academic institutions while preparing its Periodic Reports;
- Establish Khadis Courts as provided for in Uganda’s Constitution; and
- Inform the African Commission, in its next Periodic Report, of the steps it has taken to address the areas of concern, as well as how it has implemented the recommendations in this Concluding Observations.
The report is a cumulative report describing developments with regard to human rights in Uganda as from the year 2000. It first outlines the cultural, legal, economic, social, and political norms and practices of the Republic of Uganda. It then outlines the legislation and practice of Uganda's obligations under the Charter, with a section for almost each Article from 1 to 26.
The report concludes with Supplementary Information presented at the 39th session of the Commission, regarding the death penalty, protection of an accused persons, women's rights, elections and ratification of international instruments.