The human rights agencies and the child rights in Gulu district in Northern Uganda

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The research study examined “Human Rights Agencies and Child Rights in Gulu District in Northern Uganda. Descriptive research design was applied. On the effectiveness of Uganda Human Rights Commission in protecting the rights of the abused children, the study revealed that UHRC still performs below expectations as far as protecting the rights of the children. On the extent of children’s rights protection in Gulu District in Northern Uganda, the study revealed that there still exists poor coordination between UHRC and other human rights agencies like the NGOs and the police in protecting the rights of abused children in Gulu town. On Significant relationship between UHRC and protection of abused children’s rights in Gulu town, the study revealed that; considering the negative correlation between UHRC activities and the extent of UHRC protection of abused children’s rights, led to conclusion that there is no significant relationship between UHRC and the protection of abused children’s rights in Gulu District. The study concluded that the rights of abused children are not fully protected by Uganda Human Rights Commission. Recommendations were later made and they included; UHRC and the government embark on a project to have Conventions on the Rights translated into major local languages among others and disseminated accordingly. The Uganda Human Rights Commission should from time to time organize seminars, workshops, and conferences in which parents, children, the relevant government Ministries, NGO’s and all other interested organizations can discuss children’s rights throughout the country. There is urgency, therefore, for national laws that protect children against all forms of child abuse to be compatible with international laws as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
A Thesis Presented to the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research, Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution
Human rights agencies, Child rights, Gulu District