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This Act poses a threat to the right to freedom of association.
Section 44 of the Act prohibits NGOs from carrying out activities in any part of the country unless they have approval from the District Non-Governmental Monitoring Committee (DNMC) and the local government and have signed a memorandum of understanding (Mo U) to that effect.
Before extending activities to a new geographical area of the country, NGOs must receive a recommendation from the NGO Bureau through the DNMC of that area.
NGOs must cooperate with local councils, DNMCs and Sub-Country NGO Monitoring Committees (SNMCs).
Bill No.13, however, triggered widespread public condemnation following a civil society campaign launched on July 21, 2017 to oppose any attempt to lift the presidential age limit and to acquire private land arbitrarily.
Soon thereafter, on September 27, 2017, a private members Bill (Magyezi Bill) seeking to amend Article 102(b) to remove the age limit was tabled amid protests from the political opposition and civil society.
Protection of freedom of conscience, expression, movement, religion, assembly and association. Every person shall have the right to— (d) freedom to assemble and to demonstrate together with others peacefully and unarmed and to petition; and (e) freedom of association which shall include the freedom to form and join associations or unions, including trade unions and political and other civic organisations. In the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms prescribed in this Chapter, no person shall prejudice the fundamental or other human rights and freedoms of others or the public interest. Every Ugandan citizen has a right to participate in peaceful activities to influence policies of government through civic organizations. General limitation on fundamental and other human rights and freedoms. In the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms prescribed in this Chapter, no person shall prejudice the fundamental or other human rights and freedoms of others or the public interest. Public interest under this article shall not permit - Article 50. This raised public fears that the Government had plans to lift the presidential age limit (to help the incumbent president remain in power) by amending Article 102(b) of the Constitution and to allow for compulsory acquisition of private land without prior and adequate compensation by amending Article 26(2) of the Constitution.
Since the enactment of the Act, there has been a disproportionate targeting of meetings organized by opposition members and/or civil society representatives.
The National Bureau for NGOs has broad powers that include the ability to refuse to register an NGO.
Upon registration or incorporation, NGOs are required to apply for a permit with the National Bureau for NGOs, which is issued for up to five years at the discretion of the Bureau.
* Category includes ratification, accession, or succession to the treaty The Constitution of Uganda was promulgated in 1995. Ugandan law also contains “directive principles”, which are non-binding provisions relevant to constitutional interpretation: 1.
Relevant provisions include the following: Article 29. Any person who claims that a fundamental or other right or freedom guaranteed under this Constitution has been infringed or threatened, is entitled to apply to a competent court for redress which may include compensation. Any person or organisation may bring an action against the violation of another person’s or group’s human rights. Any person aggrieved by any decision of the court may appeal to the appropriate court. Parliament shall make laws for the enforcement of the rights and freedoms under this Chapter. On June 8, 2017, the Government of Uganda gazetted Bill No.13, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
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