Dr Livingstone Sewanyana, the Executive Director of Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) last week joined fellow human rights activists in Africa during the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to review human rights violations.
The three day conference took place at Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club in Nairobi, Kenya and the activists sought to examine how to combat impunity in the 12 countries that constitute IGGLR.
The 12 countries include Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, DR Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Rwanda, South Sudan and Zambia.
Dr Sewanyana raised human rights violations in Uganda and urged delegates to ensure that protocols of democracy and good governance are implemented within the region.
The activist was in 2018 appointed by United Nations as its expert to document democracy and governance practices among its member states.
At the same event, members commended ICGLR for its continued efforts in the promotion and protection of human rights, the pursuit of justice, the fight against impunity for serious crimes under international law and other serious human rights violations and abuses.
However, members were urged to take the necessary action required to promote and implement appropriate and effective transitional justice legal framework policies, strategies, and programmes as well as implement priority measures to strengthen or set up effective mechanisms to promote and protect human rights at the country and regional level.
Also present at the conference were the 12 Ministers of Justice in the 12 countries who signed the Nairobi Declaration on Combating impunity.
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