Position Papers

ISER Proposals on the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill No.2 of 2018

ISER Proposals on the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill No.2 of 2018 presented to the Parliament Committee on Finance, Planning and Economic Development on 8th August 2018.

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African Commission Cautions Uganda Over Privatisation In Education

In a series of recommendations published this week, the African Commission on Human And Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) expressed its deep concerns about the growth and lack of regulation in private schools, which could be violating the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ rights.  The African Commission expressed its worry that “that the increase in the establishment of private schools […] could result in discrimination against children from low-income households. It further noted that the growth of private education “has been encouraged by the Government”, which  “raises the concern of the government gradually releasing itself from the obligation to provide quality public education”. 

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Shortchanging social and economic rights: Why Parliament should not pass the Public Finance Bill, 2012 in its current form

While the Public Finance Bill makes some very good proposals, especially on reporting and accountability, there are significant omissions, and specific provisions which if passed in their current form will negatively impact on social and economic rights in this country. It is these provisions and omissions that we seek to highlight in this note and urge policy makers to amend as necessary before passing the Bill.

A Political Question? Reflecting on the Constitutional Court’s Ruling in the Maternal Mortality Case (CEHURD & Others V Attorney General of Uganda)

“Denying an individual or group the ability to make constitutional claims against the State with respect to nutrition, housing, health and education excludes those interests from a process of reasoned interchange and discussion, and forecloses a useful forum for the recognition and redressing of injustices”

In 2011, the Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), Prof. Ben Twinomugisha, Rhoda Kukiriza and Inziku Valente petitioned the Constitutional Court of Uganda, seeking declarations to the effect that the non-provision of basic indispensable maternal health commodities in government health facilities and the imprudent and unethical behavior of health workers towards expectant mothers are inconsistent with the Constitution and are a violation of the right to health. They argued that the high maternal mortality is caused by the government’s non-provision of the basic minimum maternal health care packages, and the inadequate human resource for maternal health - specifically midwives and doctors, frequent stock-outs of essential drugs for maternal health and lack of Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) services at health centres and hospitals. 

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