On this International Human Rights Day, Uganda faces a stark reality with a backlog of 1520 complaints at the Uganda Human Rights Commission, where only 201 cases have been heard.
The situation has led human rights activists to assert that Uganda has little to celebrate, pointing to recent widespread human rights violations, particularly by security personnel, with the Human Rights Commission seemingly silent on the matter.
Human rights lawyer George Musisi underscores that while Uganda has commendable laws enshrined in its constitution, the lack of government commitment to transparent rule of law exacerbates the ongoing human rights violations.
Doreen Nyanjura, a human rights activist, echoes the sentiment, emphasizing the pressing need for effective enforcement of existing laws.
The International Human Rights Day unfolds amid controversy over 18 missing persons, leading to counter accusations between the opposition, government, and the Uganda Human Rights Commission.
The situation highlights the complex challenges surrounding human rights issues in the country.
Contrary to the concerns raised, Omara Apita Lamex, a commissioner at the Uganda Human Rights Commission, defends Uganda's observance of human rights, asserting the commission's proactive efforts in addressing offenders. Lamex, however, acknowledges challenges, citing low facilitation for investigations and complainants lacking evidence.
Omara Lamex sheds light on the commission's struggle, citing low government allocation of only Shs 200m for tribunals.
He contends that this amount falls short, considering each tribunal consumes between Shs 20m to 30m, from hearing a complaint to its disposal.
The limited resources hamper the commission's ability to carry out thorough investigations.
As Uganda navigates the complexities of human rights challenges, the Uganda Human Rights Commission calls for increased government funding to address the backlog effectively.
The commission emphasizes the crucial role of adequate resources in upholding justice and ensuring that human rights violators are held accountable.