In the video below, NCHRD-U National Coordinator, Brenda Kugonza explains how NCHRD-U offers support to Human Rights Defenders at risk.

The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (NCHRDU) in Uganda has shared successes, challenges, and best practices on coordinating Human Rights Defender’s (HRD) Coalitions with Burundian Human Rights Defenders Coalition on

This was during a meeting with the Burundian HRD coalition steering committee members held at Sir Jose Hotel, Ggaba on Tuesday 20 June 2017.

The NCHRDU advised the Burundian delegation to be committed to the work of the coalition to ensure success.

“Coalition building is not an easy task and if you do not have committed members, the coalition can be affected”, the NCHRDU team told the steering committee members from Burundi.

The NCHRDU team noted that when a strong leadership structure is in place, policy framework and implementation becomes easy for the coalition.

The Ugandan team gave an example of the NCHRD-U structures that make the work of the coalition easy.

The NCHRDU structures include the following:

  1. General Assembly which is the supreme decision making body
  2. Board of Directors which is made of founding members which include Human Rights Network Uganda, Human Rights Network for Journalists, Defend Defenders, Avocats Sans Frontiers, Human Rights Center Uganda, Defenders Protection Initiative, Uganda Law society, NGO Forum.
  3. Secretariat which implements policy decisions and programs as approved by the General Assembly and the Board.

The coalition also has an advisory committee known as Steering committee. This comprises of the five regional representatives and different thematic representations.

These include HRD working in the fields of Oil & Extractives/Environmentalists, Women, Ethnic, LGBTI and Journalists. The role of the steering committee is to provide recommendations to secretariat and Board of Directors.

The NCHRDU team explained how Human Rights Defenders at risk benefit from NCHRDU programs.

The support is offered through three programs;

  1. Security management trainings
  2. Protection grants
  3. Advocacy and campaigning on HRD facing specific risks.