Human Rights Defenders Launch a 3 Year Strategic Plan

Former SC Victoria midfielder David Ndihabwe and Jogoo reject Rashid Mutebi will ‘reunite’ with Sports Club Villa in a friendly fire in the Rayon Sports-startimes Christmas cup as the group A matches climax.

Villa, capsule who have managed only two points play Gicumbi FC where the two ply their trade. Ndihabwe scored for his new side when they lost 1-2 to SC Kiyovu in their second group game in Saturday.

Villa held the table leaders Rayon Sports in a one all stalemate just a day after registering 2-2 draw with Kiyovu. The Jogoos need to win against Gicumbi and hope that a winner is found in the match between Rayon Sports and Kiyovu.

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Villa’s match will be hosted at Mumena stadium while Rayon Sports and Kiyovu play at Kicukiro. Both games start at 4:30 local time.

Friday result
SC Kiyovu 2-2 SC Villa

Gicumbi 1-2 SC Kiyovu
SC Villa 1-1Rayon Sport

Rayon Sports vs SC Kiyovu
SC Villa vs Gicumbi

As a move to collectively fight for a conducive working environment in the country, there Human Rights Defenders under their umbrella body the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRDU) have launched a three year strategic plan for 2015 to 2018.

This was during their annual general meeting at Fairway Hotel in Kampala under the theme; “Strengthening the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda for Sustainable protection program for HRDs in Uganda”.

The meeting which was attended by over 50 HRDs members was presided over by the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) Component Manager for Rights, Justice and Peace Sophie Rancine.

During her closing remarks,  Rancine appreciated the coalition upon its great achievement of coming up with its ever first strategic plan revealing that this will further strengthen the bond and partnership of HRDs across the country as they work to contribute to the achievement of the plan’s objectives and to address the challenges that exist.

“It is our hope that the strategic plan will provide practical guidance and direction to the coalition with a chief objective of creating an operating environment conducive for human rights defenders in the country,”Rancie noted.

The strategic plan provides useful analysis of the situation of human rights defenders in the country, the critical issues to address so as to improve the situation and proposes the necessary interventions to achieve the set objectives in the plan.

Some of the challenges faced by human rights defenders according to the Human Rights Centre Survey, 2014, include; harassment and defamation of human rights defenders is at 35 percent, death threats at 32 percent.

Rancie called upon government to create an enabling environment for the HRDs which will facilitate them carry out their duties.

“As we know, human rights such as freedom of assembly, freedom of opinion and expression are paramount to the operations of HRDs to hold duty bearers accountable to bring human rights violations to the fore and enable victims attain redress for the violation.”

NCHRDU Board Chairman, Mohammed Ndifuna observed that the challenges faced by HRDs can only be solved or mitigated by working together to reduce substantial threats and negative effects that would possibly be faced by an individual HRD.

“The need for collective advocacy as proposed in the strategic plan is indeed the best way forward in the prevailing circumstances; without doubt, if human rights defenders are to create impact with their advocacy role there is need to speak in a unified voice instead of lone and/or isolated and divided voices.”

Ndifuna added that HRDs champion the fight for the rights of other citizens in the country but had for so long had no one to defend their rights revealing that through the coalitions, their rights will too be protected and fought for with a unified voice.


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