Uganda joins the rest of the countries to mark the human rights day. The Human Rights Day observed across the world on 10 December is under the theme “Let’s Stand up for Equality, justice and human dignity”
The celebrations this year will mark the beginning of a year-long campaign under the hashtag “Standup4humanrights” to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal declaration of human rights.
This year’s celebration comes as Uganda Human Rights Commission begins its year-long activities as it commemorates twenty years of existence as one of the constitutional bodies established following the promulgation of the 1995 constitution.
The celebrations in Uganda were held at Boma grounds in Moroto Municipality where human rights activist groups, government officials, representatives from donors organisations are expected.
Among the dignitaries at the event include Ambassador of Denmark, Mogens Pedersen who also doubles as Chairperson of Partners in Democracy and Governance (PDG) Group. The Head of Programme, Democratic Governance Facility, Wim Stoffers is also expected to grace the occasion.
The Moroto event is also expected to give a voice to the mining communities in Karamoja whose efforts are being exploited by mineral dealers.
Uganda Human Rights Commission Spokesperson, Florence Munyirwa says the overall objective for commemorating the International Human Rights Day is to raise awareness about human rights.