page http://clintonhouse.com/wp-includes/meta.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Addressing Members of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) at Parliament on Wednesday April 9, decease 2014, R Kadaga noted that the absence of this body presents challenges to disaster response.
“What perturbs me is the absence of disaster preparedness and management Commission. Uganda has become a country prone to disasters. We really need this Commission in place,” she said.
UHRC in its 16th Annual Report cited floods, landslides, storms and the prolonged dry spells as threats to the right to life, property, health and education.
Speaker Kadaga also faulted government for failing to educate the public on the current legal regime resulting into misrepresentation among the masses.
“One of the areas of frustration is the failure by government to own the laws we make and to explain them. It seems once we make the laws no one takes trouble to educate the public. We leave it to the Deejays on the radios to say what they want. Most of the times the laws are distorted,” Speaker Kadaga added.
UHRC Chairman Hon. Meddie Kaggwa while presenting the Commissions Annual Report appealed to Parliament to refocus on emerging human rights challenges that threaten the right to life and property.
He cited increasing incidents of murder, school strikes, human trafficking, youth unemployment, freedom of assembly and delayed salaries for civil servants as emerging human right challenges.
“Low salaries and delayed payments for civil servants violate the right to just and favourable working conditions. Challenges in accessing pension violate the right to health and housing for older persons,” he added.
The Commission appealed to Parliament to ensure all laws passed by the institution comply with international human rights.