Activists ‘still threatened’
Posted Friday, November 1 2013 at 02:00
Kampala- Human rights activists are still being threatened due to an unfriendly regulatory framework, the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), has said.
Mr Livingstone Sewanyana, the executive director of the rights organisation, said the Public Order Management law and the closure of media houses show unconducive working environment for human rights defenders.
“We are yet to see total freedom for the media but the signing of the Public Management Order Bill is another issue we are studying. We shall take necessary action,” he said on Wednesday.
Mr Sewanyana recently won this year’s Sub-Regional Human Rights Defenders Award in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of human rights in the East and Horn of Africa.
He said the award showed success in the country’s struggle to ensure that everyone attains human rights. “As human rights defenders, we complement the state to ensure that rights are respected and that there are mechanisms in place to awaken society that there is great value to defend human rights,” the FHRI executive director said.
However, Mr Sewanyana said while activists are not considered developers, there was no country that can achieve development without respecting human rights.
“We can achieve much if we strike a balance between human rights and society and development,” Mr Sewanyana said, adding that they still need knowledge to help people understand human rights.