Uganda Uganda: 3rd Periodic Report, 2006-2008

Periodic Report

Period Covered:2006 - 2008
Date Considered: 27 May 2009
Session Considered:45th Ordinary Session
13 - 27 May 2009. Gambia

Concluding Observations

Adopted at 45th Ordinary Session, 13 - 27 May 2009, Gambia.


V- Recommendations

The African Commission recommends to the Government of Uganda to:
  1. Ratify the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
  2. Ensure that legal aid is available to every citizen.
  3. Establish adequate legislation on freedom of expression to fulfill its obligations under the Charter.
  4. Ensure that all births and deaths are registered in Uganda by making such registration accessible and affordable to all citizens.
  5. Implement the Robben Island Guidelines to fulfill its national and international obligations to strengthen the prohibition and prevention of torture and in particular, criminalize torture.
  6. Introduce legal measures that prohibit the trial of civilians by Military Courts.
  7. Improve the conditions of prisons and places of detention with a view to bringing them in line with the Charter and international standards.
  8. Observe the moratorium on the death penalty and take measures to abolish the death penalty.
  9. Adopt measures to ensure the effective protection of the rights of indigenous populations especially the BATWA people as guaranteed under the Charter by establishing laws that protect land rights and natural resources of indigenous populations.
  10. Put an end to the increased threats and harassment faced by Human Rights Defenders as well as the constraints and criminal sanctions against them.
  11. Increase its efforts in working closely with NGOs, in the reporting process.
  12. Urgently introduce laws to criminalize violence against children, early marriages and measures that will help towards the total eradication of all the harmful cultural practices in Uganda, in particular, the ritual sacrifice of children and Female Genital Mutilation.
  13. Ensure that the Access to Information legislation is operationalized.
  14. Take measures to repeal the Criminal Defamation legislation contained in the Penal Code of Uganda.
  15. Provide information on the situation of Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants in Uganda.
  16. Forward to the Secretariat of the African Commission, the written responses to the questions posed by Members of the Commission during the presentation of the report.
  17. Indicate to the Commission in its next Periodic Report, what measures Uganda has taken to give effect to these recommendations.

Banjul, May 2009.

The report contains an Introduction and six parts dealing with
  1. General information and basic data plus Institutional framework
  2. Legal, judicial and other measures taken by Uganda to implement the Charter since the last reporting period
  3. Other measures that have been taken by Government in implementing the Charter
  4. Constitutional cases that impact the Human Rights regime
  5. Questions raised by the Commissioners based on Uganda's last periodic Report (often with detailed responses by the government)
  6. Challenges faced by the Government in its endeavours to provide and protect the human rights regime in Uganda
The following challenges are mentioned:
  • Justice Law and Order sector: Increased crime and the resultant strain on human resource capacity, lengthy procurement procedures, financial constraints, low private sector participation and a growing case backlog
  • adult literacy
  • human rights in the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces
  • amnesty


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