Chief Justice Hon Bart Katureebe has asked all leaders at various levels to use their offices well to make an impact in protecting all people’s rights.
Officiating at the 70 year celebrations of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UHDR) held at Railway grounds in Kampala, Katureebe applauded all individuals and organizations that have done whatever is possible to stand with the victims of human rights violations.
“We as the judiciary our duty is to ensure that all people have access to justice; and by this we mean real justice.”
Katureebe asked the security organs in the country that much as they have the mandate to arrest crime suspects, they should not do it brutally.
“We can’t say that there are no crimes in the country because they are committed but the challenge is how you arrest the suspect. You can arrest him and put him on handcuffs and after wards take him to court for conviction or acquittal.”
He added that the methods of pepper spraying a suspect, kicking and beating them with gun butts violate the suspect’s rights.
Chairperson for Uganda Human Rights commission Haj Middie Kaggwa pointed out that throughout this year Uganda as a country has been facing a number of human rights violations of which the commission has been able to do follow ups on.
“We have witnessed brutal arrests, violence by some security operatives against journalists in course of their duty, but we shall do our best to ensure that we protect people’s rights in the country” Kaggwa
Chairperson of Parliamentary committee on Human Rights Hon Jovah Kamateeka and one of the guests at this event revealed that Parliament has streamlined all legislation on human rights and currently many bills on human rights are in pipeline
She added that the implementation of human rights laws in government bodies is still very low but applauded various security agencies like the army who has arraigned some of its errant officers engaged in violation of the human rights before courts of law
These celebrations which at the same time marked the International Human rights day have been held under a theme ‘Stand up for human rights’