The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda selected Reach A Hand Uganda for the position of being the Uganda Co-Convener of the Youth Cluster. Being a Co-Convener is part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a unique process that involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States.
Every 5 years, countries are required to report to the UN about the state of human rights in their countries. Different clusters make up the Universal Periodic Review committee in each country. The ultimate goal of UPR is the improvement of the human rights situation in every country with significant consequences for people around the globe. The UPR is designed to prompt, support, and expand the promotion and protection of human rights on the ground.
RAHU was identified because of the strong network of young people we have carefully created over the ten years we have been in existence. RAHU has so far mentored 1,755 under the Peer Educators Academy who by the end of 2020, had helped to directly reach over 6,618,171 through various project interventions and 18,205652 through social media. This great opportunity is further providing RAHU with an opportunity to reach and support more young people to voice their views on important advocacy issues with their human rights being at the forefront of the discussions.
The UPR is a significant innovation of the Human Rights Council which is based on equal treatment for all countries. It provides an opportunity for all States to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to overcome challenges to the enjoyment of human rights. The UPR also includes a sharing of best human rights practices around the globe.
Reach A Hand Uganda is co-convening the youth cluster with the Centre for Constitutional Governance, a body that strengthens constitutional governance by bridging the gaps in governance and challenges in policy and regulatory framework with a focus on the Eastern Countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan.