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Shortlist for 2019 EU Human Rights Defender Award Announced

16/04/2019 - 14:24
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The European Union and Norway are pleased to announce shortlisted candidates for the EU Human Rights Defenders Award 2019.

Three Ugandan human rights defenders have been shortlisted for the 2019 EU Human Rights Defenders Award. The three candidates are: -

  • Mr. William Leslie Amunzuru, an environmental rights defender who founded Friends of Zoka, an organisation set up to prevent illegal logging in Zoka Forest in the West Nile region of Uganda, and a courageous opponent of environmental destruction in his local area. 

William Leslie Amunzuru
  • Ms. Robinah Kaitiritimba, a human rights defender working in the area of public health, a vocal advocate for patient rights, a champion of service for adolescent mothers and the Executive Director of the Uganda National Health Consumers Organisation (UNHCO).

Robinah Kaitiritimba
  • Ms. Doreen Sandra Kauma, a passionate disability rights defender and a deaf woman who works at the Uganda National Association of the Deaf and in her own voluntary capacity to defend the rights of disabled people and young deaf girls in particular.

Doreen Kauma

The standard of nominations was extremely high this year, with the EU and Norway receiving an overwhelming response to its call for nominations for the 2019 Award. Dozens of human rights defenders from all over the country, working on a wide range of human rights issues, were nominated.

"The large number of strong nominations received this year reflects the many serious human rights issues that are affecting Ugandans on a daily basis all across the country", said EU Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Attilio Pacifici. "At the same time, it also reflects the vibrancy of the human rights movement here and the fact that for every human rights challenge that emerges there are courageous defenders willing to take up the fight."

The EU HRD Award is given annually by the EU Delegation in Uganda, EU Member States present in the country and the Embassy of Norway to recognise the outstanding contribution of a human rights defender in Uganda. The 2019 Award winner will be announced at a ceremony in Kampala on Monday 6th May, 2019.

For further information about the Award, please write to Cathal Gilbert at the EU Delegation in Kampala on or call +256 776 008 187.  

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