With the COVID-19 pandemic, people everywhere are asked to cease physical interactions and the internet has become the lifeline for the work of human rights defenders currently working from home. What does this mean in Uganda, a country with low internet access?
APC talked to Dorothy Mukasa, executive director of APC's newest member organisation, Uganda-based Unwanted Witness, about challenging internet shutdowns and other violations of human rights online in a country with high levels of corruption, unemployment and poverty.
Unwanted Witness was established in 2012 by a group of netizens, bloggers, activists, writers and human rights defenders as an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit civil society organisation. It seeks to create secure uncensored online platforms to promote human rights through writing, informing and educating citizens who also utilise the platforms for strengthening free expression and ...
Last year, Uganda’s communications regulator commissioned a study to establish the status of access to and usage of ICT by persons with disabilities. In response to a call for comments, CIPESA made a submission to the commission which could help various government agencies to devise strategies.
As of midnight on 1 July 2018, telecom companies in Uganda blocked access to social media platforms for all users and required them to pay a newly introduced "over-the-top” (OTT) tax before regaining access. The tax will likely push basic connectivity further out of reach for millions.
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APC’s subgranting programme, now in its third year, has so far awarded a total of USD 291,534 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Sixteen member organisations have been recipients of 17 grants. The call for campaign and research grants is still open.
Helen Nyinakiiza, a digital security trainer for human rights defenders and consultant for Amnesty’s Panic Button project, recently joined the APC network as an individual member.
“Ugandan women have the potential to be internet users who can champion different societal causes,” said Moses Owiny of WOUGNET, which joined with CIPESA and APC to draft a submission to Uganda’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council.