The Cross Cultural Foundation Uganda says the neglect of the Cultural Rights in the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda has pushed some of those rights outside the reach of human dignity on trajectory of permanent disappearance.
Rights have been identified as the most neglected forms of Human Rights
frequently facing abuse and violations by the state and the general public in
The Cross-Cultural Foundation Uganda says the neglect of the Cultural Rights in
the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda has pushed some of those rights
outside the reach of human dignity on trajectory of permanent disappearance.
Barbara Babweteera Mutambi, the Deputy Executive Director of Uganda Cross-Cultural
Foundation Uganda says the rights have suffered Constitutional neglect for far
too long for Parliament to do nothing about them.
Mutambi condemns the continued failure of government to include some affected
minority groups in the Constitution saying it is stripping them of their
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She says the Constitution still delineates some groups of indigenous minority
groups by referring to them in derogative ways and omitting them in its
schedule. She cites the Maragoli and the Paluo Indigenous group in Nakasongola
and Kiryandongo districts which is referred to as Coope in the Constitution.
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Mutambi urged government to cement the neglected cultural rights that have been
tagged as objects of tourism in the legal regimes of the nation in view of
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Emily Kinama, the Litigation and Research Counsel says the Communities need to
be consulted on how sustainable development agenda will affect the enjoyment of
their Cultural Rights.
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The activists were speaking at a dialogue organized by Cross-Cultural
Foundation Uganda to Commemorate this year's International Human Rights' Day.
It was meant to popularize Cultural rights held at Makerere University School
of Law on Wednesday afternoon.
Cultural Rights are defined as sets of Human Rights that aim at assuring the
enjoyment of culture and its components, in conditions of equality, human
dignity and non-discrimination. They include the rights to access, to express
and to enjoy one’s culture with the support from the state.
Many Cultural Institutions in Uganda are attempting to reassert themselves
under the 1995 Constitution which restored their operations through activities
such as the Cultural Festivals.
Uganda has signed up to different International Human Rights Treaties seeking
to promote the respect and enjoyment of human Rights including the 1948
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 1966 International Covenant on
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development and the UNESCO Conventions.
However, the activists say the implementation of those treaties remain wanting.
They cite the National Culture Policy 2006 which is yet to be translated into a
funded Plan of Action. Other legislation remain outdated and some International
obligations are disregarded.