The Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Jacob Oulanyah has implored University Students and human rights activists to focus their awareness efforts on addressing issues and changing the lives of ordinary people in society.
“I want your words to resonate with the challenges that the ordinary person faces in the village. If we are talking about Social Transformation, let’s talk about that,” Said Oulanyah.
The speaker made these remarks on Friday at the 12th Inter-University Human Rights Competition hosted by Gulu University.
The speaker noted that many a times, activists, experts and scholars love to engage in “sophisticated talks held in board rooms” forgetting the plight of community members like teenage pregnancies, poverty among others that regular people face.
“Young people, unless we shift our focus and start dealing with those issues, the problems of the common person…like Jesus said; whatever you do to the least of my brothers, I will do unto you.”
Speaking at the event, the Executive Director of Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), Doctor Livingstone Sewanyana called on the speaker and Parliament to focus on upholding the Constitution and Human rights of the people of Uganda.
“I urge you the speaker and Parliament that we should properly investigate the issues of extra Judicial Killings and Human rights abuses going on in the Country,” said Sewanyana.
Dr. Sewanyana added that the purpose of the Inter-University debate on Human rights is to build a group of leaders that would be assertive to the issues of Human rights, concerns and respectful of the dignity of the people.
Professor Openjuru Laddah, Gulu University Vice Chancellor, applauded the debate conveners saying that addressing issues of human rights abuses contributes greatly to sustainable development goals and that “debating is a great preparation for a fair competition, tolerance and fairness which are being inculcated in the lives of young people.”
The Competition was won by Students from Uganda Christian University[UCU], followed by Makerere University, 1st runner up and Bishop Stuart University as the second runner up.
Students who attended the debate.
‘Best research paper’ went to Makerere University.
The winners were awarded cash prizes of Shs 500,000, Shs 300,0000 and Shs 250,000 respectively, including certificates of participation.
They debated on several topics including Sustainable development goals, death sentence, Covid-19 restrictions among others.
The Competition brought in 14 Universities under the theme: “Promotion and protection of Human rights in relation to sustainable development goals.”
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