By Our reporter
The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) headed by the acting Chairperson Mr Katebalirwe Amooti Wa Irumba has carried out a training of senior officers of the Internal Security Organization (ISO) on Tuesday at Imperial Golf View hotel in Entebbe.
Mr Katebalirwe said the purpose of the four day training is aimed at building capacity of the staff of ISO with knowledge and awareness about human rights since there is need for state security agencies to promote and protect human rights across the country.
“As we move towards general elections ISO thought it important to be equipped with human rights skills, if people don’t know and don’t have the skills they are bound to make mistakes” he said.
Katebalirwe said human rights body carried out the training at the request of ISO.
“When it’s done on demand by the beneficiary it’s more likely to be taken more seriously by the beneficiaries which in turn will help people benefit” he remarked.
The Director General ISO Col. Kaka Bagyenda who represented security minister Gen. Elly Tumwine while opening the training said ISO has at times found its self at points of contention together with other sister security agencies over allegations of human rights violations by Human rights activists.
“Most often than not security officers find themselves engulfed in situations where human rights are either circumstantially or otherwise violated like in violent and riotous situations” he said.
Speaking at the event Mr Robert Ayeda Kotchani the country representative Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said there was need for the officers to receive the training in preparation for the next General election in which state security agencies will face challenges in ensuring peaceful elections.
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