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Minister Kabyanga Commends UHRC for Embracing Technology in its Operations

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The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) on Thursday launched a mobile application (UHRC APP) which will ease the process of reporting violation cases before the commission.

While launching this application at the ceremony held in Kampala, Hon Godfrey Kabyanga Baruki, the State Minister of Information, Communication, Technology and National guidance, noted that this innovation fits in line with Article 52 of the Constitution of Uganda which requires the commission to establish a continuous programme of research, education and information to enhance respect of human rights.

“The UHRC APP is therefore very important in enhancing access to information on human rights, providing a platform for awareness creation, reporting human rights abuses and violations in the fastest way possible and ensuring instant feedback on progress of reported cases by complainants which in itself promotes high levels of accountability in the delivery of human rights services to the people,” the Minister said.

He added that a quick look at the App shows that, it will also enhance physical accessibility to UHRC service offices all over the country for those who wish to access the then physically since the location and contacts are provided on the App.

It will further provide useful links to legal services and available redress mechanisms for human rights violations which is line with government’s priority to ease service delivery to the people of Uganda.

“The Government of the Republic of Uganda is fully committed to supporting the Uganda Human Rights Commission in executing its Constitutional mandate. My Ministry will offer all the required support to ensure successful use of the UHRC App and related initiatives by the UHRC,” he noted.

At the event, Justice Mariam Wangadya, the chairperson of UHRC revealed that this Innovation is going to greatly help the in protection and promotion of human rights.

“We have witnessed how the internet has revolutionalised and transformed the generation, storage, retrieval, dissemination and receipt of information. We are living in times when the internet has comprehensively changed the communication dynamics because information can now be shared in real time,” Wangadya said.

She added that this shift to cyberspace became for many, the most effective or even the only alternative during the Covid-19 period.

Wangandya urged the government through the Minister to ensure that there is enough accessibility and affordability of internet to countrymen both in urban and rural areas so that the App can be able to serve a wider audience.

The App was designed to ease access to informaton, provide a platform for awareness and simplify reporting of citizens of human rights grievances.

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