Commenting at the handbook, launched as part of a region-wide human rights workshop for Members of Parliament from across East Africa, the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament the RT. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga said, “It is the duty of all democratic parliamentarians to promote welfare, reject discrimination, facilitate development, equity and justice as well as encourage civic participation."
At the workshop's launch she thanked the Westminster Consortium (a programme led by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy) for, "the support it has always rendered parliament and in particular for supporting this workshop." She encouraged members to take time off to study the book which is, "a good guide for their work as Parliamentarians." She applauded the 9th parliament for supporting her to establish a standalone human rights committee, and also encouraged other parliaments present to emulate the good example."
The workshop, held from 2-4 May in Entebbe, was attended by more than 50 participants from South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and Uganda.
The handbook provides a basic introduction to human rights' principles and practice as they apply to the work of parliaments worldwide. It's part of an expanded curriculum for parlimentarians on human rights' training and the rule of law provided jointly by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, the House of Commons and the Joint Committee on Human Rights as part of a programme led by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
The handbook provides practical tools for members and parliamentary staff to use in their work. It uses examples and case studies from around the globe, and has also been launched in the Ukraine. It has also been translated into Arabic for launching in Lebanon for the Arab region.
The workshop which was supported by the Westminster Consortium and facilitated by the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative and the International Bar Association, also presented an opportunity for the dissemination of the handbook to regional East African parliamentarians.
You can access the book and download the contents by clicking here.