An examination of the civic and political rights of the Batwa ethnic minority group in the local governance of Uganda

Thumbnail Image
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Kampala International University, School of Law
The research examines the civic and political right of the Batwa in the local governance of Uganda. It is a constitutional right that all peoples regardless of their origin and status gave a right to participate in making decisions that affect them in all public forums. However the Batwa compared to other ethnic groups in the country. Have remained victims to various forms of discrimination which is evident in some policies, programmes and practices relating to rights such as self-determination The research also examines the causes of marginalization of the Batwa, the measures adopted by government in promoting their rights ,the legal and institutional framework that govern their civic and political rights. The research methodology was qualitative where primary and secondary resources will be used in undertaking the research. The research is to enhance the Batwas participation and enjoyment of their civil and political rights by emphasizing on non-discrimination and equality in participation. The findings were that the Batwa are continuously being discriminated against, this is because they are considered illiterate and backward thus are not given a chance to participate in decision making. The constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995 and the Local Government Act, Cap 243 recognize the right to participation by all persons in the affairs of government. However fair participation of indigenous people has remained a challenge
A Dissertation Submitted to the School of Law in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirement for the Award of the Bachelor Degree of Laws at Kampala International University
Civic and political rights, Batwa ethnic minority group, Local governance, Uganda