Buliisa security agents urged to dialogue with oil and gas human rights defenders

Mr Crispin Kaheeru, a member of the Uganda Human Rights Commission addresses oil and gas stakeholders and security agencies. He is flanked by Ms Jashmin Nambi Kasujja, the Head UHRC Hoima Regional Office. (Image: Courtesy)

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) Hoima Regional Office has told the Buliisa district leadership to dialogue with human rights defenders to stave off their differences.

This follows a petition by the Oil and Gas Human Rights Defenders (ORGHA) accusing security agencies in Hoima and Buliisa districts of alleged harassment and intimidation.

Ms Jashmin Nambi Kasujja, the Head of the Hoima UHRC Regional Office told the district leadership to including the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), District Internal Security Officer (DISO), District Police Commander (DPC) and the District Community Development Officer (DCDO) to ensure that they co-exist peacefully with human rights defenders.

She said the two parties should resolve the matter amicably and a date was fixed for the district leadership to meet the human rights defenders.

Oil and gas stakeholders during a workshop organised by Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC). (Image: Courtesy)

Mr Crispin Kaheeru, a member of the UHCR said the Commission looks forward to a peaceful resolution of the matter and to a constructive and respectful relationship between government security agencies and human rights defenders in the area.

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