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Gulu University hosted the 12th Inter-University Human Rights Competition

Gulu University in conjunction with Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, a non-governmental organisation successfully hosted the 12th Inter-University Human Rights Competition that took place from the 18th to 19th of November 2021 at Gulu University main Library.

The competition brought in 14 Universities that included Makerere University, Uganda Pentecostal University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Kampala International University, Cavendish University, Islamic University of Uganda, Bishop Stuart University, Busitema University, Saint Joseph University Mbarara, Mountain of the Moon University, Uganda Christian University and Gulu University the host.

The topic of discussions ranged from matters surrounding death penalty, media freedom, to COVID19 challenges and others.

Dr.Sewanyana Livingstone, the Executive Director of Foundation for Human Rights Initiative said the topics were strategically chosen to allow the youth in the country be involved in matters surrounding human rights in the country.

Prof.Openjuru George Ladaah, the Gulu University Vice-Chancellor applauded the team from Human Rights Initiative for honouring Gulu University as the host and clearly spelt out that the University is committed in promoting understanding of human rights among the youth and the community.

He challenged the youth to always have respect for divergent opinion and advocate for peaceful coexistence.

The Right Honourable Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of Uganda, Jacob Oulanya Okori graced the occasion on the 19th November 2021. He challenged civil society organizations in Uganda to ensure boardroom debate are translated in to transformation of the lives of Ugandans.

The speaker added that many organizations only end up at boardroom talk without implementation to change lives of Ugandans they claim to be advocating for.

The jury of the debate, Naatukunda Aliyo, Assistant Commissioner of prison and Kampala seasoned Journalist; Charles Mwaguyhay announced Uganda Christian University as the best in the competition followed by Makerere University and Bishop Stuart University came third.

Uganda Christian University took a cash prize of UG 500,000/=

The event attracted representatives from Uganda Police, Acholi-cultural institution, religious leaders among others.

The Inter-University Human Rights Competition is a yearly event of Foundation for Human Rights Initiative.


James Onono Ojok

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