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LASPNET PARTICIPATES IN MAKERERE UNIVERSITY 5TH HUMAN RIGHTS EXPO AND CONFERENCE

EXPO

In a bid to extend knowledge and awareness on legal aid, human rights and access to justice as a whole, LASPNET participated in the 5th Annual Human Rights EXPO and Conference held on the 11th and 12th April 2018 at Makerere University. The event hosted by the Makerere University Ethics and Human Rights Association (MUEHRA), School of Liberal and Performing Arts, College
of Humanities and Social Sciences, in partnership with Net Impact
Uganda attracted participation of both state and non-state actors such as such as; Uganda Human Rights Commission, United Nations Population Fund, Human Rights Center Uganda, Platform for Labour Action, Public Interest Law Clinic, SAFEPAL and LASPNET.

 

It was organized under the theme: “Universal Declaration of Human Rights @70: Key Trends and Development”.

The Annual Human Rights Expo is a unique knowledge sharing forum and
exhibition event dedicated towards promotion of human rights awareness
and consciousness among students, academia and the wider public. The exhibition and conference were thronged mainly by students studying democracy and human rights related courses such as Ethics and Human Rights, Development studies, Political science and International relations.

 

LASPNET used the opportunity to talk to students about the network and its mandate and to promote the US Embassy funded project that calls on youth to get involved in the fight against corruption. Posters and stickers on the “SayItApp”, an application that supports whistle blowing on corruption among the youth were widely distributed, along with other publications.

 CONFERENCE
The Conference held on the 12th April 2018 was officially opened by Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya, the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center Uganda.

"Despite my advanced age, I'm glad to be associated with you because of my passion for human rights defenders”, she said during her opening remarks.

Mrs.Sekaggya commended the MUEHRA for their commitment, noting that events like these lay a firm foundation for the future of human rights. 
She attributed her own success to having chosen a career in legal practice which opened doors for her to become the first chairperson for the Uganda Human Rights Commission. The former UN Rapporteur urged the students to develop a spirit of human rights defenders so as to safeguard own rights and those of others. "You should uphold the cause for fundamental freedoms and human rights as leaders of today and tomorrow”.

Ms. Roseline Amayo from the Uganda Human Rights Commission, called on the students to be good ambassadors and let others know that they have a responsibility to respect human rights. She further expounded that the Commission reviews all bill passed in Parliament to ensure that they are human rights compliant and value the dignity of all people. The institution, she said, also enhances state preparedness for the Universal Periodic Review and implementation of the National Plan of Action.

Mr.Hamid Tenywa of Global Compact Network Uganda who also doubles as the patron for MUEHRA appreciated all organizations that participated and financially contributed to success of the two day event. He further commended the organizations for partnering with the students to ensure that future human rights defenders are rightly guided on how to take up the mantle. He urged the students to have a business mind by positively utilizing all available opportunities to benefit them and society as a whole.

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