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The Swedish government has pledged to build the capacity of female Police officers to effectively respond to sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) cases in Uganda. The Swedish envoy to Uganda, Per Lindgarde, revealed that his government would train local security forces on how to address and investigate GBV cases and retool the forensic department of Police to ably handle the cases.“We need to provide the officers with the tools and skills to conduct the necessary interviews in order to investigate GBV-related crimes. A good investigation must be rapid, orderly, critical, comprehensive and objective,’ Lindgarde said.

The envoy also pledged continued support to the justice sector in terms of capacity building.‘This will focus on the entire justice chain in terms of investigation, prosecuting and adjusting GBV cases in a gender responsive, victim-centered and trauma-informed manner,’ he noted. Lindgarde said this would not only enable survivors access justice but also end impunity.

The envoy made the remarks during the launch of the Uganda Police Force caravan to end violence against men, women and girls at Railway Grounds in Kampala yesterday.

The two-week gender-based caravan across the country is part of the 16 days of activism against GBV. During the campaign, data will also be collected on how best t handle these cases.

The first caravan will move through Kampala, Mubende, Hoima, Masindi and Gulu districts. The second will cover areas of Kampala, Mukono, Jinja, Iganga, Tororo and Kamuli.

Clad in white and khaki uniforms, Police officers led by female officers, marched through Kampala city center raising awareness and advocating the end of GBV against women, girls and men.

Lindgarde said human rights and access to justice for women and girls is at the core of Sweden’s investment in Uganda.

He said Sweden recognizes the gains the Police have made in strengthening its gender responsiveness. These, he said include developing the gender policy, strategy and training female officers to better positions.

“We call upon the Police to use the standard operating procedures for management of GBV and cases of violence against children to enhance accountability of officers once they are implemented,” Lindgarde explained.

He said the caravan and border awareness creation on GBV is critical in ensuring that dialogue is held with communities with the aim of genuine engagement and accountability.

‘This activity plays a complementary role to civil society organizations, who are providing women with information on their rights and how to strengthen the linkages for integrated GBV strategies,’ Lindgarde said.

UN Women country representative Maxime Houinato pledged continued support to the Police through capacity building of investigation officers handling GBV-related offences.

“We acknowledge the commendable work of the force in investigation cases despite teu challenges of inadequate resources, both human and financial,” he said.

The Police crime report of 2018 revealed that 17,521 sex-related crimes were registered, out of which 6,454 cases were taken to court. Of these, 920 cases secured convictions, 50 cases were acquitted, 473 cases were dismissed, while 5,011 cases were still pending in court.

The report also showed that 17,682 persons were victims of sex related crimes, out of whom 15,469 were female juveniles, 277 male juveniles, 1,849 female adults and 87 male audits.

Police commitment

The Police director of research, planning and development, Edward Ochom, said the Force is committed to co-operating with civilian agencies protecting life and property, detecting and preventing crime.

“The Police will continue to intensify their efforts in the fight against GBV and violence against women and girls,” Ochom said.

 

Article by Andrew Ssenyonga / published in the New Vision, November 27 2019 

 

Published in Latest News
Friday, 27 May 2016 13:35

Statement on Nordic Day (2016)

 

The Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) extends its congratulations to the Government and the people of the Kingdom of Denmark, Sweden and the Kingdom of Norway as they commemorate the Nordic Day. We also take this opportunity to extend our appreciation to the Nordic countries 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 support of the Government and the people of the Kingdom of Denmark and Sweden has contributed to the reduction in congestion in prisons, improvement in court infrastructure, strengthening capacity of judicial officers. The support has also improved the climate of doing business thus creating a conducive environment for investment, economic growth and overall development. Particular regard is given to support to construction of JLOS service points across the country that has provided improved working conditions for JLOS staff, easy access to JLOS services especially for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized.

The support has also enabled the sector provide tools, equipment and training for its personnel to enhance their performance and improve the quality of service.

JLOS looks forward to a continuing and fruitful partnership in implementing the JLOS Third Strategic Investment Plan (SIP III) to strengthen the delivery of justice services, improve human rights and accountability with a view of promoting justice for all and building a world that respects the rule of law.

 

Published: May 27, 2016

Published in Latest News
Thursday, 14 April 2016 08:51

New Study reveals Justice Needs of Ugandans

 

A new study supported by Sweden reveals justice needs of Ugandans. The study was carried out by HiiL Innovating Justice and launched by the Principle Judge Hon. Dr. Yorokamu Bamwine in Kampala on April 13 2016.

 

The study shows that over a period of four years 90% of Ugandans experience justice needs, the most prevalent problems being related to land, family matters and crime. The study further showed that the Local Council Courts are the most trusted institution both for seeking information and solving disputes. The Embassy of Sweden is currently working with JLOS partners to design a new programme to enhance Access to Justice and Rule of Law in Uganda.

 

The study titled “Justice Needs in Uganda: Legal problems in daily life” is authored by Johanna Piest, Sam Muller, Martin Gramatikov, Kavita Heijstek-Ziemann, Jamila Sallali  (Published in 2016).

 

WATCH Launch Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHoICraVrms 

 

DOWNLOAD Report: http://www.hiil.org/publication/uganda_report

 

 

 

Published in About JLOS

 

KAMPALA -- On April 10th 2013 the Justice Law and Order Sector hosted a team from Sweden who were part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Peer Review Mission to assess how the policies of Sweden were impacting on Uganda. The Swedish team was received by Mr. Francis Atoke, the Solicitor General and Chair of the JLOS Steering Committee, who thanked Sweden for supporting JLOS in revamping the Prison’s system especially the women prison’s in Uganda and for funding various activities in the sector.

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