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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 13:59

Statement on King's Day 2016 (Koningsdag)


The Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) extends its congratulations to the Government and the people of the Royal Kingdom of Netherlands as they commemorate the King’s Day. We also take this opportunity to extend our appreciation to the Government and the people of Netherlands for their support to the promotion of the rule of law, access to justice and respect for human rights in Uganda through support to the Justice, Law and Order Sector’s Third Strategic Investment Plan (SIP III).

The Justice, Law and Order Sector looks forward to a continuing and fruitful partnership with the Government and the people of the Kingdom of Netherlands as we together continue to strengthen the delivery of justice services, improve human rights and accountability with a view of promoting justice for all.


 Published: April 27, 2016

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The Human Rights Tulip is an annual award of the Dutch government (organized by the Dutch MFA) for human rights defenders (individuals or organizations). The award started in 2008 and has over the years been awarded to individuals and organisations from a variety of countries who promote and support human rights in innovative ways. The aim is to put their valuable work in the public spotlight. Individuals or organizations working to promote and protect human rights anywhere in the world can be nominated. 

By winning the award, the winner gains international recognition and the award comes with support worth €100.000 to assist the winner to further develop and scale up their work. The prize money enables the winner to further develop or expand the scale of their human rights work, benefiting more people, in as many places as possible. Annually the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Bert Koenders presents the award to the winner. 

In 2015 the Human Rights Tulip was awarded to IRA-Mauritania, an organisation working to end slavery. It is using the prize money to expand and improve their work. 

Individuals and organizations are welcome to nominate themselves or put forward a candidate between now and June 4 by filling out the nomination form. The link to make nominations is:


Published: June 2, 2016


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Sunday, 18 August 2013 14:23

JLOS Bids Farewell to Ms Judith Maas


KAMPALA - - The Sector on August 14 2013 hosted a cocktail party at Kabira Country Club to bid farewell to Ms.Judith Maas who is the outgoing First Secretary (Security and Rule of Law) at the Netherlands Embassy and Co-Chair of the JLOS Development Partners Group (at technical level). Ms.Maas is leaving the sector to return to her home country, Netherlands where she has been assigned other duties.

The guests present included the Ambassador of Netherlands to Uganda, H.E Alphons Hennekens, Justice Richard Buteera (court of appeal), Ms Josephine Wasike Onya (Chair of the JLOS Technical Committee), Mr. Albert Birnbaum (Chair of the JLOS Development Partners Group at technical level), the Solicitor General (represented by Mr. Christopher Gashirabake, the Director of Legal Advisory Services Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs), JLOS Secretariat Staff, representatives from the JLOS Development Partners Group and JLOS Institutions.

The Chair of the Technical committee Ms.Josephine Onya , on behalf of the JLOS Institutions presented a gift to Ms.Judith Maas in appreciation of her long service and devotion to the Sector. Ms.Maas who graciously accepted the gift together with her husband said she was humbled by the friendships and professional interactions she made during her time of service in the sector. She thanked the former Director of Public Prosecutions (now Justice of the Court of Appeal), His Lordship Justice Richard Buteera for being present and for all his enormous contributions to JLOS. She also thanked the JLOS Secretariat staff for being innovative and key drivers of the sector “3Cs” of communication, cooperation and coordination.

Ms.Maas expressed her endearment towards Uganda saying that the people were friendly and welcoming. She concluded by thanking everyone for attending and said that although she was going back to Netherlands she would come back to visit Uganda a place that has been a home to her for several years.

The JLOS Senior Technical Advisor Mr. Paul Gadenya and Mr. Christopher Gashirabake (on behalf of the Solicitor General) all thanked Ms.Maas for her resourcefulness and described her as a perfectionist who required the best results at all times.

The Justice, Law and Order Sector wishes Ms. Judith Maas the very best as she takes up new assignments.


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The Justice Law and Order Sector in conjunction with IPA Uganda Limited with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Uganda has organized a specially tailored training in procurement for critical JLOS staff on July 10th 2013 starting at 8.30 am at Kabira Country Club.

Participants will be trained on the amendments to the PPDA Act, procurement planning and preparation of procurement plans, methods and modes of procurement as well as being given the opportunity to discuss the common procurement challenges in the public sector. It is expected that at the end of the training, participants shall be conversant with procurements and preparing procurement plans.

Participants will include Under Secretaries, the heads of PDUs, Chairpersons of the different Contracts Committees in JLOS institutions and project managers of big projects within the JLOS institutions. The heads of JLOS PDUs are strongly advised to come with draft procurement plans for their institution’s JLOS Work Plan for 2013/14

For more information, contact Ms This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the JLOS Secretariat. Tel. 0414253207 or send an Email on: JMukhwana[at]


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NUFFIC and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2012 initiated a project to picture concrete results and impacts of the capacity building programmes - NPT and NICHE and the Netherlands fellowship programme (NFP) as well. Through this project, short films are being produced that show experiences in different countries with the programmes.

WATCH the film on training of lawyers at LDC (Uganda) on YouTube

You can also take some time to look at the other released films. All films are posted on the NUFFIC website and are also available on YouTube.

LDC is one of the seventeen (17) institutions that make up Uganda’s Justice, Law and Order sector. The Law Development Center (LDC) was established in 1970 by the Law Development Centre Act, as a government-owned institution of higher learning responsible for research, law reform, publications, law reporting and community legal services.


Published: April 18, 2013 | For more information, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Policy Officer NUFFIC Expertise Department

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KAMPALA -- On April 9, 2013, the Justice Law and Order Sector was privileged to host Mr. Christiaan Rebergen the Deputy Director General , International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, Netherlands and Mr. Martin Koper, the Director Africa Region. The visitors were accompanied by Alphon Hennekens the Netherlands Ambassador to Uganda, Ms. Marielle Geraedts, the Deputy Head of Mission at the Netherlands Embassy in Uganda and Ms. Judith Maas the Co-Chair of the JLOS Development Partners Group. Mr. Rebergen, was in the country to familiarize himself with the operations of the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) and explore means of promoting relations and trade between Uganda and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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KAMPALA - The Netherlands Embassy has disbursed the first instalment of its support to the Justice Law and Order Sector reform programme. This follows the signing of an arrangement between the Government of Uganda and the Netherlands Embassy in Kampala, by which the Netherlands will fund 42% of the activities and investments of the said reform programme for the financial year 2011-2012, to a maximum of UGX 20 bln.

The programme focuses on improving access to justice for all and enhancing respect for human rights across JLOS institutions.

Ambassador Jeroen Verheul welcomed the progress made in the Justice Law and Order Sector in the last year and indicated that this progress justifies continued support by the Netherlands to the sector. Physical access to justice has greatly improved, and the average time prisoners spend on remand has been reduced significantly. He noted, however, that concerns remain over accountability and limited progress in tackling corruption.

“That is why the current work plan is focusing on strengthening disciplinary and inspection commissions in institutions”, Mr Verheul said.

Whereas in previous years, the Netherlands provided sector budget support, Uganda no longer qualifies for this modality. “On top of governance concerns that have to do with a lack of accountability, we have seen a significantly weaker performance in the areas of macroeconomic and budget management in the last fiscal year”, adds Mr Verheul.

“The government and parliament in the Netherlands are assessing countries that receive budget support more critically on issues of political and financial governance and want to be assured that Dutch tax payers’ money is spent impeccably. This is why the Netherlands has decided to move away from the sector budget support modality for Uganda, as basic conditions for that type of support are not here anymore”, he explains.

Under the new agreement, the Dutch funds can only be used for the JLOS reorm programme, and not for the general JLOS budget that covers wages and other recurrent costs. This will enable the Dutch Embassy to monitor the spending more closely.

The Netherlands is a long standing partner of the JLOS, and is currently chairing the JLOS Donor Partners Group which regularly meets to coordinate support and to discuss progress in the sector.


Published: October 9, 2011

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The Netherlands will continue to support the Justice Law and Order Sector in carrying out its development programme. The Minister of Finance, Planning and Development and the Netherlands Ambassador to Uganda have signed an agreement for programme support to the sector of 24.5 bln UGX for the financial year 2012-2013.

The Netherlands has been a longstanding partner of the sector. Security and Rule of Law is one of the two development priorities of the Dutch Government in Uganda. Support to the sector is an important part of that commitment.

The development fund that will be supported by Dutch contribution envisages enhancing respect for human rights across JLOS institutions and improving access to justice for all.

Ambassador Alphons Hennekens commented on the progress made in the sector, but also named important bottlenecks that have to be addressed. “The Netherlands therefore fully supports the Third Strategic Investment Plan (SIP III) of the Justice, Law and Order Sector that will focus on the delivery of actual services to the people of Uganda, while at the same time promoting human rights and accountability", he said.


By Edgar Kuhimbisa


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