EU Lists 7 Priority Areas for Support to Uganda

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In short
Under the EUs Democracy and Human Rights Country strategy running from 2016-2020, EU states will cooperate with Uganda on freedom of assembly, association, expression and press freedom; accountability and anti-corruption; childrens rights and womens rights.

The European Union has developed seven political and operational strategic priorities for action over the next four years.

Under the EU's Democracy and Human Rights Country strategy running from 2016-2020, EU states will cooperate with Uganda on freedom of assembly, association, expression and press freedom; accountability and anti-corruption; children's rights and women's rights.
 
Other areas are transitional justice; human rights defenders and abolition of the death penalty, as well as anti-discrimination.
 
While unveiling the strategy in Kampala, Tuesday, EU Head of delegation, Kristian Schmidt said the seven areas encompass the focus of the EU in promoting the respect for human rights and growth of democracy in the country.
 
Schmidt, who did not reveal the financial cost of implementation of the strategy, says the strategy will focus on lobbying for better legislation in areas where human rights promotion is concerned and development areas.
 
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Reacting to the strategy, the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Irene Mulyagonja lauded the EU for its resolve to support efforts on ridding corruption. Mulyagonja however says anti-corruption agencies are still not inter-linked in terms of cooperation against graft fight.
 
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Stephanie Rivoal, the French Ambassador to Uganda, tasked government to fast track the passing of the Law Revision (Penalties in criminal matters) Amendment Bill 2015, which seeks to repeal sections of the UPDF Act, Trial Indictment Act and Penal Code to abolish the death penalty.
 
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During the discussions on freedom of expression and the media, Henk Jan Bakker, Ambassador of Netherlands to Uganda lamented over growing concerns on the media, citing the arrest of KTN journalists Joy Doreen Biira, in Kasese while covering the clashes between police and royal guards of the Rwenzururu kingdom.

Biira who was arrested on Sunday was charged with abetting terrorism; however Bakker says government must respect freedoms of the media to operate in an independent manner.
 
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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.