Land reforms in Uganda: An Outsider’s Talking Points

I want to thank convenors of this event – Oxfam Uganda – my former employer and a great ally for the land rights of ordinary Ugandans for putting together this high level seminar to orient new Members of Parliament on land reforms. This discussion is timely because as you should be aware, the current government […]

The Bail Debate: A Conceptual and Historical Perspective

Image Credit: iStock For several years, President Yoweri Museveni has been an unwavering advocate for the scrapping of bail especially for people accused of capital offences. He describes it a “provocation” to release someone accused of murder for example. The President’s (unpopular) stand on this matter has raised a lot of eyebrows with several pundits […]

Access to Justice through a Conceptual Lens

Theoretically, the right to access to justice is premised on the liberal ideals of “equality before the law” and the “rule of law” as well as the capacity of the multiple sections of society to utilise these principles. It traces its roots to the era of the welfare state and growing rights consciousness and was […]

The Role of Civil Society in Human Rights Implementation

Theoretically, the idea of civil society is rooted in the need, as far as the sixteenth and seventh centuries, to address concerns regarding relations between individuals, the state and society as well as between the private and public.  Essentially, it is a platform for “active citizenry” and the concern for public affairs. In the contemporary […]