Bishop of Southwark asks about closure of UN Human Rights Commissioners’ Office in Uganda

The Bishop of Southwark received the following written answer on 7th March 2023:

The Lord Bishop of Southwark asked His Majesty’s Government what discussions they will have with the government of Uganda about its decision to close the offices of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights in that country in August 2023.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park (Con): The UK regrets the decision by the Government of Uganda not to renew the mandate of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ (OHCHR) country office in Uganda. Since its establishment in 2006, with an initial mandate focused on the human rights situation in conflict-affected areas of Northern Uganda, OHCHR has made an important contribution towards the promotion and protection of human rights in Uganda. The UK makes regular representations to the Government of Uganda on human rights and will continue to work with all Ugandans to advocate for democratic freedoms and the respect for human rights.


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