Core activities at the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) are likely to suffer if government does not provide for funding in the 2016/17 budget.
Appearing before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to present the proposals for 2016/2017 budget, the Secretary to the Commission, Mr Gordon Mwesigye said that 30 percent of their budget is funded by donors but this is going to stop.
“Donor financing is important for running of tribunals and civic education. However, these donors have informed us that come July 2017, this support will stop”, he said.
Mwesigye urged the government to plan accordingly and provide for this funding so that these two core areas are not paralysed.
“These two areas have to be financed and therefore government has to step in and provide for the 30 percent”, he pleaded.
He also revealed that there is need for more presence around the country in order to have the Commission services availed to all the people both in urban and rural areas.
“We currently have only 10 regional offices in urban areas. We need to have an office for every three districts in order to be felt”, Mwesigye added.
The Uganda Human Rights Commission investigates and resolves human rights complaints through its tribunal, visits jails and prisons and other places of detention to assess the conditions of inmates. The Commission also monitors government’s compliance with international treaties and conventions on human rights.