Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Foundation for Human Rights Initiative
Today we visited the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) which is an independent NGO founded in 1991 to protect and promote human rights. It is an advocacy organization that helps to link the government with the citizens of Uganda by ensuring that the concerns of the people are heard and that the government upholds what is stated in the Constitution. The director Livingstone Sewanyana talked to us about the challenges facing human rights in regards to areas such as elections, the judicial system, poverty, laws, the health and education system, unemployment, and the media. He went on to discuss what FHRI is doing to fight for human rights such as influencing legislation, issuing reports on the current state of the country, training Parliament members, and providing free legal services. What basic rights do you think all people deserve? How are these basic rights important to sustainable development? What shocked you most about the what the Director said? What do you think can be done to improve the state of human rights in the country?