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28 May 2015 description

The reports are the product of longitudinal assessments of the management of elections in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with particular emphasis on each country’s EMB. They analyse the development of each country’s EMB over time, evaluating its strength and performance based on indices that are comparable to other similar bodies in the region. The studies provide an important context within which to review the evolution of EMBs in ongoing discussions about transforming the state through constitutional and legal reform.

27 Nov 2012 description

East Africa has emerged in recent years as a focus of both transnational terrorism and Western-backed counterterrorism efforts. Governments have a responsibility to combat terrorism in a lawful manner. But as this report documents, counterterrorism tactics and operations in East Africa have led to a variety of human rights violations. Governments in the region have cited the need to fight terrorism as a pretext to crack down on political opposition, human rights defenders, and lawful expressions of dissent.

07 Feb 2012 description

A recent article on the Text to Change website shows a scenario where SMS and social media proved to be very helpful tools in saving the life of a Dutch woman who was involved in a serious accident in Kampala, Uganda. The woman sustained severe injuries, fractures, and a serious loss of blood. When the woman was transferred to a hospital, she learned that she was in dire need of a blood transfusion of O negative, a rare blood type. Text to Change and the Dutch embassy in Kampala quickly responded by sending out an emergency SMS to the Dutch community with a request for a blood donation.

20 Jan 2011 description

Executive Summary and Recommendations

In creating the International Criminal Court (ICC), the drafters of the Rome Statute assigned primary responsibility for dealing with its specified crimes to national authorities.

05 Oct 2010 description

A new report declares that urgent efforts to implement election legislation are needed if upcoming elections are to be considered free and fair

(Kampala 5 October 2010) Uganda's Electoral Commission's independence and effectiveness is being questioned, four months before February 2011 presidential and parliamentary elections. A major new report released today finds that there is a widespread opinion that the EC is biased, and lacks the powers necessary to unable it to conduct free and fair elections.

06 Aug 2010 description

August 6, 2010 | by James A. Goldston

In recent weeks the International Criminal Court has once again sparked controversy, first by charging Sudan's President Omar-al-Bashir with genocide, then by threatening to abort its first trial and free a Congolese warlord. Shortly thereafter, the African Union refused the ICC's request to open a liaison office in Addis Ababa, and called on member states not to arrest Bashir.

03 Aug 2010 description


Where Is Uganda Headed?

Media: Numbers vs Letters

Ahead of 2011 Elections

Health Rights Are Human Rights

Is Someone Hurting You At Home?

Uganda's Oil Dilemma

Citizenship and Statelessness

After The War: Northern Ugandans Struggle

Empowering Youth

01 Jun 2010 description

June 1, 2010 | by Wairagala Wakabi

This week more than a thousand delegates are converging on the Ugandan capital, Kampala, for a crucial meeting to review the performance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) eight years into its existence. The delegates will also consider making amendments to the Rome Statute that established the court.

The ICC matters, not least because it is the sole independent permanent court with the mandate to try genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

23 Apr 2010 description


In its short life, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued public warrants of arrest for 14 persons, launched two trials and provoked controversy across the globe. Much unease about the Court boils down to one issue: how should the Prosecutor decide, among thousands of crimes and perpetrators within his jurisdiction, which ones to charge? To date, considerable discussion about the ICC has taken place in an atmosphere of unreality ill-served to educate and inform.

21 Oct 2009 description

By Bronwen Manby


Laws and practices governing citizenship in too many African countries effectively leave hundreds of thousands of people without a nationality.

21 Oct 2009 description

First comprehensive analysis of Africa's citizenship laws highlights consequences of gender and ethnic discrimination

(Kampala, Uganda, 21 October 2009) - The lack of citizenship rights generates conflict and undermines democracy in many countries in Africa, according to two new studies by the Open Society Institute.

21 Oct 2009 description

Une analyse complète des lois sur la nationalité en Afrique met en exergue les conséquences de la discrimination basée sur le genre et l'appartenance ethnique

(Kampala, Ouganda, 21 octobre 2009) - L'absence de droits en matière de nationalité engendre des conflits et affaiblit la démocratie dans de nombreux pays africains, d'après deux nouvelles études réalisées par l'Open Society Institute.

21 Oct 2009 description

Par Bronwen Manby


Dans un trop grand nombre de pays africains, les lois et pratiques régissant la nationalité ont pour effet de laisser des centaines de milliers de gens sans nationalité. Les apatrides africains constituent l'un des groupes des populations les plus vulnérables du continent. Ils ne peuvent ni voter ni se présenter à des élections ; ils ne peuvent ni inscrire leurs enfants à l'école, ni voyager librement ou posséder une propriété foncière ; ils ne peuvent pas être employés par l'État ; ils sont exposés aux violations des droits humains.

31 May 2008 description


This report presents the findings of a review of legal services for people living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable and at-risk populations conducted in Uganda between September and November 2007.