57th Ordinary Session
04 – 18 November 2015, Banjul, The Gambia
Concluding Observations and Recommendations on the 5th Periodic State Report of the Republic of Uganda (2010 – 2012)
1. The Republic of Uganda (Uganda) is a State Party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter), having ratified the same on 27 March 1986.
2. Uganda submitted its Initial Report to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) at the latter’s 27th Ordinary Session, which was held from 27 April to 11 May 2000. Subsequently, Uganda has since submitted its second, third and fourth Periodic State Reports, respectively at the 40th Ordinary Session held from 15 to 29 November 2006, the 45th Ordinary Session held from 13 to 27 May 2009, and the 49th Ordinary Session, held from 28 April to 12 May 2011.
3. The present and Fifth Periodic State Report, which covers the period from 2010 to 2012 (the Report), was submitted to the Secretariat of the Commission in September 2013. It was examined during the 56th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), held from 21 April-7 May 2015, in Banjul, The Gambia.
4. The Report was presented to the Commission by the Delegation from Uganda, which composition is provided in Annex 1 hereto (the Delegation), and which was led by Honourable Fredrick Ruhindi, the Attorney-General of Uganda.
5. The Report highlights developments, which have taken place in the country in the area of the promotion and protection of human and peoples’ rights during the reporting period, and the measures put in place to comply with the country’s obligations under the African Charter.
6. The Commission welcomes the Report of Uganda, which brings Uganda up-to-date with its reporting obligations under Article 62 of the African Charter, and expresses satisfaction with the frank and constructive dialogue that it had with the Delegation during the presentation of the Report.
7. The present Concluding Observations follow the presentation and examination of the Report. They give an account of the positive factors, the factors restricting the enjoyment of human rights, and the areas of concern identified in the Report. The Commission also makes recommendations to the Republic of Uganda on measures required to strengthen the enjoyment of human rights as guaranteed by the African Charter, as well as other relevant regional and international human rights instruments.