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Human rights defender, Dr. Sewanyana granted UN Mandate Renewal

KAMPALA- When it comes to matters concerning human rights advocacy, democracy and justice related issues in Uganda, the name Sewanyana draws closer.

This is the solid reason why Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana’s mandate as the United Nations (UN) Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order has been renewed for a period of three years.

 Sewanyana is one of the a few Ugandans serving on the international scene and he is strongly known for the promotion of democracy, human rights and good governance.  His renewal was supported by 22 countries including Federal Republic of Germany and Republic of Cuba.

For starters, to be voted by countries requires that you are a distinguished, credible and highly qualified candidate for the task which litmus test he beat.

Relatedly, the United Nations (UN) mandate is meant to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom, to practice tolerance and good neighbourliness, and to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples.

More so, Dr. Sewanyana will continue to assess whether countries are democratic and promote equity in the execution of their duties and whether or not there is improvement at country level.

He has served in the same position for the last three years and made four presentations to the UN Council, visited over 20 countries in the first three years of his mandate.  Dr Sewanyana is the Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), a Ugandan civil society organization.

A lawyer by profession and advocate of the High Court of Uganda, he holds a PhD in Public Law from the University of Cape Town (South Africa), a Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law (with Distinction) from the University of Essex (United Kingdom) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Makerere University (Uganda).

He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the Law Development Centre, Kampala, as well as certificates in specialized studies from the Institute of Social Studies (the Netherlands) and the International Institute of Human Rights (France) and lastly he has written and published widely on the subject of Human rights.

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