Parliament and human rights in Uganda, (1986-2017)

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The research was conducted at the Parliament of Uganda. The parliament is situated in Central Division Kampala District. Much of the field work was carried out at the parliament premises, though other tours were made at the head offices of Uganda Human Rights Commission (Ntinda Nakawa Division). The researcher carried out the research on the Topic “Parliament and Human Rights in Uganda, 1986 — 2017”. The research methodology used was interview. Members of Parliament on Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights were interviewed, staff of parliament working in Library, staff of Uganda Human Rights Commission in order to achieve the research objectives. The first research objective was to identify the parliament’s intervention in promoting Human Rights in Uganda. The study found out that parliament through the committee on Human Rights Directed all security agencies in Uganda including Police, Army, and Prison to stop detaining suspects beyond 24 hours since it’s a violation of the 1995 constitution. The second objective was to evaluate the parliament’s role of monitoring government agencies mandated to defend and promote Human Rights. The research study found out that the parliament in the financial year 20 15/16 increased the Budget of Uganda Human Rights Commission from 32billion to 40 billion annually. The third objective was to make policy recommendations that will contribute to effective protection of Human Rights by parliament of Uganda. The study recommended to the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights that instead of sitting in parliament and receive complaints, they must also reach out to ordinary Ugandans deep in the remote villages and listen to their abuse concerns, by doing so they will be protecting human fights. The survey population composed of sixty (60) people. And these respondents were from parliament and Uganda Human Rights Commission. The researcher also interviewed many people including members of parliament with the intention of gathering sufficient information. Basic research was equally applied with the intent to find out the parliament’s role in promoting, defending and protection of Human Rights. The researcher forwards the following recommendations. Firstly, increase the Budget of Uganda Human Rights Commission to at least 50 billion to enable more staffing, and to open up more branches around the country. Secondly, Government of Uganda to start funding private organizations working for the promotions working and defending of Human Rights in Uganda. Lastly, security personnel working with security agencies should be taught at least basic knowledge about Human Rights so that they can stop brutal arrest of suspects.
A research report submitted to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in partial fulfillment for the requirements of the award of the Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies of Kampala International University
Parliament, Human rights, Uganda