Answer to FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the database/search engine about?

    The search engine is meant to monitor government’s implementation of its human rights obligations as reflected in recommendations received through international, regional and national mechanisms as well as through the UHRC Annual Reports as presented to parliament.

  2. What are human rights?

    Human rights are moral principles or norms that describe certain standards of human behavior, and are regularly protected as legal rights in national and international law. They are fundamental rights, to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being.

  3. Are some human rights more important than others?

    Human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. There are Civil and Political rights, Economic Social and cultural rights and there are also group rights which are referred to as third generation rights. They are all equally important and necessary in creating a strong and healthy society.

  4. Who is responsible for upholding and protecting human rights?

    The primary responsibility for upholding human rights lies with states and human rights responsibilities of states are often broken down into obligations to respect, protect, and human rights. Human rights are to be respected by non-state actors and individuals.

  5. What are Human Rights treaty bodies?

    Human rights treaty bodies are committees of independent experts who monitor implementation of the key human rights treaties. Every state party has to put in place measures to ensure that rights of a particular treaty it is party to are enjoyed by its citizens. Some treaty bodies include Committee on Economic and Social rights, Committee on Rights of Persons with disabilities, Committee on elimination of Discrimination against women and many more.

  6. What are special rapporteurs and what do they do?

    Special rapporteurs are experts that fall under the special procedures and are appointed to examine, monitor and publicly report on human rights situations and compliance of States with the various international human rights instruments.

  7. What is the mandate of the UHRC?

    UHRC’s mandate is to protect and promote human rights monitor government compliance with international, regional and national human rights instruments, in this regard it investigates cases of human rights violations, visits places of detention to assess the conditions of inmates, educates and encourages the public to defend the constitution at all times among others.

  8. How do I get information about UHRC and its activities?

    Information can be got from the UHRC website http://www.uhrc.ug or from our physical addresses as follows; head office- TWED plaza Lumumba Avenue or from our 10 regional offices spread throughout the country ie Arua, Central-Kampala, Fortportal, Gulu, Hoima, Jinja, Masaka, Mbarara, Moroto, Soroti and field offices of Kapchorwa, Nakapiripirit, Kalangala, Lira, Kitgum, Pader, Kaberamaido and Moyo.

  9. What kind of reports does the UHRC submit?

    UHRC submits Annual Reports and Special Reports to parliament and as a National Human Rights Institution reports to Treaty Bodies both internationally and at regional level.

  10. How is UHRC different from other Human Rights Organizations?

     

    The UHRC is a National Human Rights Institution that was established under Article 52 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda to uphold and protect human rights. There are over 100 such institutions, about two-thirds assessed by peer review as compliant with the UN standards set out in the Paris Principles. However, UHRC works closely with other human rights organizations.

  11. Which office of the United Nations is responsible for dealing with human-rights?

     

    The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights with its headquarters in Geneva and the Uganda office in Kololo.