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6th Annual National Conference on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights

 

Table of Contents

 

List of Acronyms .............................................................................................................................. 6

 

I. CONCEPT NOTE OF THE CONFERENCE ....................................................................... 7
1. Introduction ........................................................................................................................... 7
3. About organizers of the Conference .................................................................................... 10
4. Objectives and Outcomes of the Conference ...................................................................... 14
5. Participants of the Conference ............................................................................................ 15
II: SESSION ONE: Opening Ceremony ................................................................................. 16

a. Opening Remarks ............................................................................................................ 16
i. Hosts’ Remarks – Ag. Principal School of law and Coordinator PILAC, Assoc. Prof.
Christopher Mbazira
................................................................................................................... 16

ii. Remarks from VC Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe ................................. 18

iii. Remarks by the Chairperson UHRC, Hon. Med. S.K Kaggwa ....................................... 18
iv. Remarks from the Representative of the Democratic Governance Facility, Mr. Esben
Harboe
. ....................................................................................................................................... 19

b. Official Opening .................................................................................................................. 20
c. Conference Keynote Address .............................................................................................. 20
d. Panel Discussion ................................................................................................................. 26
e. Plenary ................................................................................................................................ 28
III: SESSION TWO: Access to Justice for Social Economic and Cultural Rights - What is the
status quo in Uganda? ................................................................................................................. 30
a. Presentation of the report ‘Meaningful Access to Justice for Economic and Social
Rights’ by Ms. Elizabeth Atori – Legal Officer ISER. ............................................................ 30

b. Panel discussion of the report. ......................................................................................... 34
c. Plenary ............................................................................................................................. 35
d. Launch of the report ........................................................................................................ 35
IV: SESSION THREE: The Role of Quasi-Judicial Bodies in Access to Justice for Social
Economic and Cultural Rights .................................................................................................... 37
a. Presentations by the Equal Opportunities Commission, Uganda Human Rights
Commission and Student’s perspective ................................................................................... 37

i. Presentation by Equal Opportunities Commission, Harriet Nalukenge, Principal Legal Officer - EOC

.......................................................................................................................... 37

b. Presentations by the users of the quasi-judicial mechanisms .......................................... 39
c. Plenary ............................................................................................................................. 39
V. SESSION FOUR: Breakaway Sessions ................................................................................. 41

a. Breakaway Session I - Criminalisation of Poverty in Uganda ........................................ 41
i. Key discussion by Dr. Adrian Jjuuko, Executive Director - Human Rights Awareness
and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) ............................................................................................. 41

ii. Panel Discussion .............................................................................................................. 41

iii. Plenary ......................................................................................................................... 42 b.

Breakaway Session II - Access to Land Justice ............................................................... 43
i. Panel discussion ............................................................................................................... 43

ii. Plenary ............................................................................................................................. 44
DAY TWO: 26TH SEPTEMBER 2019 ........................................................................................... 45
Recap of day one by Mr. Arthur Nsereko ................................................................................... 45
VI. SESSION FIVE: Judicial Enforcement of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the
Role of the Legal Profession ....................................................................................................... 45

a. Keynote by Prof. Christopher Mbazira – School of Law Makerere University .............. 45
b. Panel discussion ............................................................................................................... 46
The panel was constituted by Justice Linda Tusiime Mugisha, Industrial Court; Ms. Godiva
Akullo Monica, Mr. Keishari Paul – NETPIL; Ms. Tendo Anne – NETPIL; and Ms. Ruth
Sekindi - UHRC (Moderator) .................................................................................................. 46
a. Plenary ............................................................................................................................. 47
VII. SESSION SIX: Break way Sessions ................................................................................... 49

a. Access to Justice in the context of Business Activities ................................................... 49
b. Examining Existing Access to Justice Mechanisms and their Impact on Victims of
ECSRs. Gaps Opportunities and Way forward ........................................................................ 54

c. Transitional Justice and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ...................................... 59
VIII. SESSION SEVEN: Legal Aid as a Tool of Enhancing Access to Justice for ESCRs........ 63
a. Keynote by Mr Robert Kotchani – The Office of the United Nations High

Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) Representative ........................................... 63

b. Panel discussion ............................................................................................................... 65
c. Plenary ............................................................................................................................. 67
XI. SESSION EIGHT: Final Communique and Closing Ceremony. .......................................... 68

a. Presentation of Key Conference Recommendations by Mr. Arthur Nsereko – Conference
Rapporteur ............................................................................................................................... 68

b. Closing Remarks by Deputy Principal of School of Law, Dr Ronald Naluwairo. .......... 69
c. Closing Remarks by Mr Robert Kotchani – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) Representative ........................................... 70