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Judiciary launches resource book on economic, social rights

Deputy Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny Dollo, signs off the launch of a Resource Book on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) on Thursday, July 19. (PHOTO/PML Daily)

KAMPALA – The Deputy Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny Dollo, on Thursday, July 19, launched a Resource Book on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) with a call to Government agencies to observe and respect human rights.

The launch was one of the highlights of a two-day training workshop on the book usage for judicial officers at the Lake Victoria Serena in Kigo.

A cross-section of judicial officers is taking part in the workshop which is being held under the theme: Strengthening Rule of Law and Accountability for Human Rights Violations.

In his speech, the Deputy Chief Justice said a manual is an important tool in ensuring human rights and environmental justice. “The manual is intended to reinforce the credibility and capacity of human rights defenders of grassroots groups, social movements, NGOs, academic centers, the private sector and the courts of judicature”, he said.

According to the organisers, the workshop will enhance the knowledge of Judicial Officers in making well thought out decisions in ESCR.

Justice Dollo observed that ESCR is an important tool that helps to unite women and men, migrants and indigenous people, youth and elders, of all races, religions, political orientations, and economic and social backgrounds, in the pursuit of a common realization of universal human freedom and dignity.

He also advised all the participants to utilise the book to promote the rule of law in Uganda.

The DCJ equally commended Dr Christopher Mbazira, the consultant, for producing a great publication as well as the Judicial Training Institute for supervising the consultancy.

Stakeholders in the Justice Law and Order Sector are also taking part in the workshop which is supported by the United Nations Human Rights.

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