Ms Margaret Sekaggya has left the United Nations after six years as its special rapporteur on human rights but confesses her work was made difficult by her home country always passing laws largely perceived as draconian in the eyes of international observers.
Speaking yesterday at a dialogue in which she reflected on her tenure organised by Human rights Centre Uganda, Ms Sekaggya said she visited 45 countries during her tenure and addressed the United Nations General Assembly and Human Rights Council.
In all these, however, “so many questions came up throughout my mandate. Uganda sits on the Human Rights Council, so every time, I presented a report on global human rights defenders, I was challenged about my own country.”
The former Executive Director Uganda Human Rights Commission added: “It has not been easy for me in Geneva, I would have to answer 100 questions in one session from morning to evening and five or six questions would ask me to first of all let them know about Uganda. Why did you pass this and that law?”.
Ms Sekaggya aised human rights defenders who attended the meeting to tread carefully but with courage and integrity. “Defending human rights is a dangerous business but we have to be professional and uphold ethics in our fight,” she said. She asked civil society organisations to forge pragmatic working relations with the government and desist from confrontation.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor