The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has reported an increase in the number of human rights cases handled in 2015.
Handing over their Annual Report to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, the Chairperson of UHRC, Med Kaggwa said that the top cases were freedom from torture; inhuman or degrading treatment; detention beyond 48 hours; denial of child maintenance and deprivation of property.
“UHRC received a total of 4,277 complaints which is an increase from 3,904 cases received in 2014.
This is attributed to public awareness, high level of trust from the public and high expenses involved in acquiring legal services in other institutions.
A total of 840 complaints have been handled while 1,365 have been partially investigated,” he added.
The chairperson informed the Speaker that the Commission carried out civic education in preparation for the 2016 general elections, but was hindered by limited funds.
“A total of 43, 878 people were sensitized however, poor attendance and demand for sitting allowances affected mobilization efforts,” he said.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Kadaga assured the team from UHRC that every report from Parliament will be required to have a statement of compliance of Human Rights and a certificate of Gender equity.
“Parliament will make these two statements mandatory. Parliament is concerned with the outstanding payments of awards.
We are in discussion with the Ministry of Finance to see if it can be off set at a go,” she said.
The Constitution of Uganda provides that UHRC should provide annual reports to Parliament.
These are later tabled in the House by the relevant Committee.