Politicians, CSOs Push Govt to Respect Citizens' Rights

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Speaking at the launch of the Parliamentary Forum on Human Rights, Rule of Law and Constitutionalism, leaders from across the political divide raised the red flag over the diminishing space for the exercise of various civil and political rights in the country.

A section of political leaders have partnered with civil society organisations (CSOs) to press government to allow more participation of ordinary Ugandans in civic and political actions.
 
Speaking at the launch of the Parliamentary Forum on Human Rights, Rule of Law and Constitutionalism, leaders from across the political divide raised the red flag over the diminishing space for the exercise of various civil and political rights in the country.


Formed to mobilise Members of Parliament to be on the lookout regarding constitutional issues, the forum chaired by Butambala MP Muwanga Kivumbi will also be used as a focal point for policies, legislations, and resolutions touching on the constitutionalism in Parliament.

 
Speaker after speaker agonized over diminishing space for the exercise of various civil and political rights in the country.
 
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago called on the audience to stop lamenting and take action to end the violation of basic freedoms.
 
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Irene Ovonji Odida, the executive director of FIDA Uganda warned MPs that the space to express their opinions will only get smaller and called on every citizen to join the struggle against what she described as a dictatorship.
 
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Veteran politician, Dr. Paul Kawanga Semogerere, warned individuals who support dictatorships that governments fall leaving all those who violate the rights of citizens to answer for their crimes.
 
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Dr Joe Oloka Onyango, a professor of law at Makerere University who was a keynote speaker, said that each and every individual has a tiny amount of power which collectively can be galvanized to force change.
 
He noted that no single injustice anywhere in the world has ever been corrected without use of force.
 
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Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga assured citizens that any report laid on the floor of the Tenth parliament will have to pass the human rights checklist.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.