KAMPALA — Dr Livingstone Sewanyana, a reknown activist and human rights defender has appealed to experts and dignitaries to rise up against corruption.
He made these remarks last week, at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Dr Sewanyana is the founder and Executive Director at Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI).
He was appointed as an Independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order in 2018.
During his presentation and report, Dr Sewanyana stated that international groups such as the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank have an obligation to make decisions in accordance with the basic democratic governance principles such as transparency, inclusivity, responsiveness and accountability.
“Local governance forums will also have added importance given the increasingly cross border nature of the world’s political and economic changes,” said Dr Sewanyana
Relatedly , he emphasized the need for these global frameworks to fight corruption both at local and global level.
He drew the attention of nations on the need to assess the notion of national assets being hidden in foreign countries and this is the only way these frameworks can promote public participation in governance.
As a human rights defender and a passionate lawyer, Dr Sewanyana had won many accolades for his dedicated service towards the fight against corruption, torture, poor public governance, democracy and access to justice among others.
He has fronted his mandate by issuing 14 communications and five press releases jointly with other experts. He has also issued two newsletters concerning the activities he has so far undertaken.
In 2018, Dr Sewanyana presented a report at the seventy-fourth session of the UN. He has also taken part in the networking European Citizen education.
He gave a speech at the inaugural global citizen forum, organized by Drake University. Dr Sewanyana has also participated in the 57th International Affairs Symposium on culture and Human rights organized by Lewis and Clark College in Portland USA.
In 2019, he attended the International Conference on national, regional and international mechanisms in Doha Qatar.
He also attended a high-level regional conference on Justice and good governance in the Great Lakes Region, in Nairobi Kenya, attended the 26th annual meeting of special procedure mandate holders, in Geneva.
He participated in consultations organized by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Geneva.