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Human rights in Uganda, including children’s rights, right to health, work to eradicate violence against women and raising awareness on land rights have been at the core of the work supported by KIOS. In addition, the human rights know-how and security knowledge of small organization has been supported.
Shrinking freedom of speech and discrimination against minorities
President Museveni has been the head of state in Uganda since 1986. In recent years, the leadership of the country has increasingly been narrowing the space of civil society by limiting freedom of expression and assembly and by increasing police powers. Especially organizations tackling issues of corruption, land rights and the use of natural resources find their space shrinking. And when it comes to discrimination against minorities, sexual and gender minorities have faced especially high persecution in the country.
Stumbling blocks in development
Uganda is not a resource poor country; however, the financial resources allocated to the health care are extremely limited. Also the education system is severely under-resourced, and the corporate social responsibility is becoming a more and more essential issue.
The question of the corporate social responsibility is linked to the issues such as oil discoveries, road constructions and land issues. Many contracts are signed in such a way, that they mainly benefit big corporations and governments. The work of international corporations is supported by legislations, while the legal protection and livelihood possibilities of ordinary citizens are diminished.
Versatile work for the realization of human rights
In Uganda KIOS supports work that increases the security and capacity of organizations. Especially organizations working on the issues of sexual and gender minorities have been trained on the security issues. KIOS also supports the enhancement of children’s rights, since numbers of children are victims of human rights violations such as physical violence and child marriage.
Furthermore, KIOS has been directing support to improve free basic education as well as good health care for all. In addition, with the support of KIOS, the organizations in Uganda seek to ensure that financial development and huge corporate investments are done in cooperation with local populations and with respect to their human rights.