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National Action Plan (NAP) on Human Rights

Background of the NAP
Following the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Uganda’s human rights situation by the United Nations Human Rights Council which was conducted in 2011 in Geneva, Uganda Government made a voluntary pledge to the UN Council to develop a Human Rights National Action Plan (NAP) to provide a framework for coordinating the implementation of human rights commitments in the country.

What is NAP?
The National Action Plan on Human Rights (NAP) is a key policy document which embodies the government’s commitments to the protection and promotion of human rights, outlining clear goals and describing strategies to be used in achieving the set targets and defining clearly stipulated time-bound indicators.  In Uganda, it is expected that the NAP will be integrated into the National Development Plan II.

Benefits of the National Action Plan on Human Rights to Uganda
The NAP is important:
•    as a government policy to mainstream human rights into all its actions and programs including the planning and development processes;
•    as a systematic national strategy and roadmap for Uganda to realise the advancement of human rights in the country and providing a coordinated response to human rights challenges; 
•    as an audit of the human rights situation in  the country when used to identify areas in need of promotion and protection;  to prevent human rights violations and to adopt concrete measures to build and entrench a culture of human rights;
•    for providing a mechanism to  facilitate stakeholder cooperation and identify the vulnerable and marginalized and
•    for implementing international human rights obligations.

Progress on the process of developing the NAP in Uganda
The process of developing the NAP is currently underway and is being coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on behalf of the Government of Uganda and the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) is offering technical support as the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI).  The NAP process has also  been supported by development partners including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); GIZ; Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) and other government institutions including the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS).

The NAP development process
The process of development of the National Action Plan on Human Rights for Uganda is consultative in nature with various stakeholders involving state and non-state actors including CSOs, NGOs, Academia, vulnerable groups, policy makers, legislators and district leaders among others.

The NAP country-wide consultative process is based on a draft NAP Framework and Matrix soliciting views of citizens on the selected six broad human rights thematic areas of concern namely the economic, social and cultural rights; civil and political rights; collective rights, rights of specific groups; institutional, legal and administrative framework for promotion and protection of human rights and treaty reporting and implementation of recommendations from regional and international bodies.

Consultation Workshops
A workshop on sharing of experiences with selected African countries that have developed NAP was held in September 2014 and  other workshops including one for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs); nine regional consultative workshops held in Jinja, Mbarara, Entebbe, Moroto, Mbale, Arua, Fort portal, Gulu and Masaka; a workshop for the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) and another for Members of Parliament and the Academia have so far been held  to gather their views on the various themes in the NAP framework. Other consultative workshops are due to be held in Kampala between May and June 2015, targeting various categories of policy makers including Permanent Secretaries, Cultural Leaders and Business Communities, as well as a National Validation Workshop for the NAP.  It is planned that the draft NAP will be presented to Cabinet for input and approval in July 2015.

Final NAP Draft
The plan is for the approved NAP to be launched by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda on the 8th October 2015, in order to coincide with the commemoration of Uganda’s Constitutional Day. The final NAP document will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in March 2016 by the Government of Uganda in fulfillment of its reporting obligations to the UN.

Appeal for views on the National Action Plan on Human Rights
In order to ensure that consultations on the NAP reach a wide audience of Ugandans, all interested individuals or groups are invited to submit their views and ideas  on what should be included in the final NAP based on the six thematic human rights areas of concern listed above not later than Monday 22nd June 2015.

Interested members of the public are advised to send their views to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the following e mail addresses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Members of the public may also submit their views to the Uganda Human Rights Commission on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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