Notable Developments

Civil Society drags Government to Court over requirement to have National ID Card before receiving COVID 19 Vaccine

Civil society led by the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) and Unwanted Witness have dragged government to court over the requirement by the Ministry of Health to mandate one to present either a national identification card (NIC) or national identification Number (NIN) before receiving COVID 19 vaccines.

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Call for Articles - Reclaiming Public Health Services in Uganda

The Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) invites submission of articles on the theme: “(Re)claiming public health services in Uganda,” which is the focus of the 13th issue of its Economic and Social Rights Advocacy (ESRA) Brief to be published in May 2021.   The ESRA Brief focuses on Economic and Social Rights (ESRs) advocacy in Uganda and draws on key lessons from the broader East African Community and beyond. The Brief provides insight into the debates and steps currently being undertaken towards the full realization of ESRs in Uganda.

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Ruling of Miscellaneous Cause No. 055 of 2018: Tushemereirwe Sharon VS The Registered Trustees of Lugazi Diocese

The case of Tushemereirwe Sharon exhibits the pitfalls of engagement of private actors in health service delivery and affirms the importance of stronger regulation of such actors in the delivery of social services. It not only sets precedent on the applicability of the Access to Information Act 2005 to private entities carrying out a public function, but also underscores the role of the judiciary in the advancement of social and economic rights.

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ISER' Statement on Human Rights Day 2020

10th December 2020 marks 72 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted at the United Nations General Assembly. Commemorating this day during the Covid-19 pandemic – which has and continues to wreak disproportionate havoc amongst the marginalized Ugandans – reaffirms the importance of respecting social and economic rights as enablers to recover and build back better during and post the pandemic.

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Enough is enough: Privatisation and public services - A conversation with current and formaer UN Special Rapporteurs

Online discussion on 19th October 2020 bringing together for the first time current and former UN Special Rapporteurs to reflect on the impacts of privatisation and on renewed momentum and strategies for the public provision of services related to economic, social and cultural rights such as health, education, water sanitation and housing.


Statement against International Monetary Fund (IMF) austerity

ISER joins five hundred organisations in demanding the International Monetary Fund (IMF) end its push for austerity. 
 
The Covid 19 pandemic has shown how systematic under financing of economic social rights affects the most vulnerable and marginalised. Yet it is unclear that the IMF is moving away from austerity in its COVID-19 response including loan programs with conditionalities and  emergency financing packages that contain language promoting fiscal consolidation in the recovery process.
 
The statement comes ahead of the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings slated to begin 12-18 October.
 

Webinar - What will it take to deliver Universal Health Coverage and strong health systems worldwide in the time of COVID-19?

The Covid-19 pandemic has made clear the critical importance of achieving ‘health for all’ while posing an unprecedented challenge for health systems worldwide. In this webinar we explore how to realise a progressive vision for Universal Health Coverage, the Labour Party’s role in this, and how to address current threats to progress. Allana Kembabazi, ISER's Program Manager Right to Health made a presentation during the webinar.


ISER's Oral statement during the 35th Session ofthe African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare ofthe Child (ACERWC)

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