The Human Rights Convention resumed in Kampala Wednesday after a three-year break resulting from the COVID-19 disruptions and what the organizers describe as adverse government actions in Chapter Four Uganda, the lead organizers of the convention. The two-day Convention according to Nicholas Opiyo, the Executive Director of Chapter Four is a space for an honest reflection on important human rights concerns.
More than 200 participants from civil society, media, academia, government ministries, and agencies are attending. The conversations at the convention will majorly center on the state of laws, regulatory enforcement observance of civic space freedoms, fair trials, access to justice and accountability, and the dimensions of development. It will also focus on the role of national human rights institutions, the key drivers of migration, and strategies for advancing sustainable peace, and fair, inclusive, and developed societies. The convention is being held under the theme “Migration and the Quest for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies”.
According to Dr Zahara Nampewo, the Chapter Four Board Chairperson, this year’s convention is special because Chapter Four is celebrating 10 years of existence. The Justice Minister, Nobert Mao, Professor Githui Muigai, a Professor of Public Law at the School of Law University of Nairobi, Mathias Schauer, the Ambassador of Germany in Uganda, Dr Kabumba Busingye from Makerere University School of Law, the leader of Opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga, Senior Counsel David Mpanga, Dr. Miria Matembe are some of the Key Speakers at the Convention. Lule Raymond ( commonly known as Ssebo Lule ) Devin Nsubuga commonly known as Devis the Poet and Chris Bahizi presented poems at the convention on Wednesday morning with messages targeting the government.