The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda has trained Staff and 16 HRD sub-regional focal persons on timely and appropriate assistance for HRDs at risk, case management and handling of HRDs Cases.

The training was held on 28th October 2016 with the overall objective to increase the knowledge and skills of the staff and sub regional focal persons on how to effectively manage HRD cases at regional levels.

The training attracted participants from Kabale, Kibaale, Hoima, Pader, Gulu, Agago, Sironko, Jinja, Kaabong, Moroto, Kumi, Bukedea, Soroti, Kasese, Bushenyi, and Lira. The participants also included 8 Women and 12 Men.

The participants were given the NCHRD-U standardized Protection Manual clearly defines who a Human Rights Defender is. The manual is to be used by the NCHRDU secretariat and focal persons to improve response to HRD cases.

The Chairperson of the NCHRD-U encouraged participants to utilize the platform to get the necessary skills to enable them handle cases effectively.

He also encouraged participants to work collectively to ensure a safe working environment for the HRDs since   HRDs are facing common threats.

In her presentation, Ms Brenda Kugonza the NCHRDU national coordinator discussed the background of NCHRD-U and   informed the participants that the NCHRD-U recognizes them as key players in providing assistances to HRDs at risk in the various regions across Uganda.

Focal persons inspired

The focal persons were inspired to provide timely response to HRDs at risk in their regions.

They committed to take on the role of sub regional focal persons given that their roles were clearly stipulated out in responding to HRDs at risk.