By Cohen Mweisgwa
KAMPALA, Uganda Chief Justice Bart Katurebe has condemned the current violation of human right as a threat to good governance and peace.
“It is pertinent to note that lasting peace, security and good governance can never be achieved in any country without respect for human rights,” he said.
In Uganda, our current realities are that millions of persons continue to suffer human rights violations and abused, said Justice Katireebe during the commemorate this year’s international human rights day in Kampala Monday December 10th, 2016. This year’s human rights day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). He said, “It is in form of torture and ill-treatment, poverty, sexual and gender based violence, property deprivation, poor education, inadequate access to health, limited access to justice, harmful cultural practices and discrimination and recent brutal arrest by security by beat suspects by beating suspects with guns among others.” Adding, “The most damaging of the harmful cultural practices include child marriages and female genital mutilation. It is therefore imperative that, periodically, we take stock of where we have done well and where we have fallen short. We need to provide answers to a few questions: have we, through our laws, policies or actions advanced the respect for human dignity and equality? Have we created equitable and inclusive societies, based on justice, fair opportunities and services for all? Have we advanced freedom from want and fear? The answers to these and many other questions may provide guidance for future action.”
Justice Katurebe further explained, “Our being here today therefore is to reflect on the core and enduring importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to remind and engage everyone to put its powerful words into practice. We are also here to speak out and take a stand for human rights because we all have a role to play; in every sphere of our lives.”
He appreciate the Uganda Human Rights Commission and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for annually spearheading the mobilization of key partners including Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to plan and implement selected activities to mark the International Human Rights Day in Uganda.
“I also appreciate the other human rights duty bearers and defenders who have done their job well. I need to say that it is just the beginning. Let me also thank all of you who have participated in this important function. Allow me to end with a quote from Nelson Mandela who stated that:-
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,” he noted.