Gov't Urged on Rights Protection Without Discrimination

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Joseph Suna, the Executive Director Community Development Resource Network, says the cycle of poverty that the indigenous minorities are trapped in also results in lack of political representation at both the district and national levels.

The Equal Opportunities Commission wants government to protect the inherent rights of the indigenous people without discrimination. Joel Ojuko, a member of the Equal Opportunities Commission, says Indigenous Minority Groups in Uganda continue to experience various human rights violations.

 
"They are unable to realize their rights to health and education. Every Child in Uganda is entitled to basic education and for Indegenous Minority Groups it's vital for their survival," said Ojuko while addressing journalists at the media center. 



The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on government to ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including the indigenous people. 

 
 
According to Ojuko, in 2013 only 8 Batwa children sat for examinations at different levels due to lack of schools, adequate infrastructure and staff within their areas. 



Babra Babweteera, the Deputy Executive Director Cross Cultural Foundation of Uganda, says government should expeditiously address the economic, social and cultural rights of indigenous minority groups, which is not limited to implementing the High Court consent judgment it entered with the Benet people in 2005. 
 
 
Joseph Suna, the Executive Director Community Development Resource Network, says the cycle of poverty that the indigenous minorities are trapped in also results in lack of political representation at both the district and national levels.
 
 
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He adds that though the government has taken a step in the right direction by creating the Ik Constituency in Kaboong, it is still inadequate
 
 
Article 36 and 32 of the 1995 Constitution of Uganda specifically mentions the "protection of rights of minorities" and the need for "affirmative action for marginalized groups respectively.
 
 
 August 9th is celebrated annually as the world day of indigenous people. This year's celebrations were held under the theme, "Celebration of the10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007).

 

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