CSOs Want Inherent Human Rights Observed to Address Poverty

Civil society activists and human rights defenders have cited that that there’s a close linkage between poverty and human rights.

Many observed that most Ugandans live in abject poverty and continue to be deprived of their inherent socio-economic and cultural rights like education and health.

Ms. Angella Nabwoowe a Programs Manager at Initiative for Social Economic Rights observed that education is a public good but majority Ugandans can’t access to quality education.

She made the remarks during the launch of the ‘Human Rights and Poverty’ report by Foundation of Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) at Hotel Africana on Wednesday.

“Privatization of education has spoiled the system and sidelined the poor. One should take his children to private schools only if he can afford but not because the public institutions are failed, medications ” she exclaimed.

She noted that school dropouts are on the rise in Northern Uganda and kids resort to going to schools where World Food Program provides lunch.

The report indicates that 10% of Uganda’s population is living in chronic poverty with focus not only on income but access to education and health services.

It advocates that the human rights articles need to be integrated in the country’s legislative instruments. Other issues addressed in the report include female genital mutilation, buy information pills human trafficking and low access to credit services by the poor.


The head of European Union Delegation in Uganda H.E Kristian Schmidt criticized government’s move to equip farmers with tools yet massive land grabbing is persistent in the country.

“Increased respect for Human Rights is a powerful recipe for eliminating extreme poverty. This report gives a voice to the poor, ” he added.

However Dr. John Sekamate from National Planning Authority underscored the role of government in wealth and job creation saying the private sector must take lead role.

He said that government is drafting a local content policy for investors to earmark jobs for Ugandans in industries established by foreign investors.

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