West Nile Region Journalists Undergoing Training In Human Rights, Justice And Law

HRNJ-Uganda alert,

Arua, 30th/September/2013;

West Nile Region Journalists Undergoing Training In Human Rights, Justice And Law

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) has embarked on a 3-day Para-Legal training for journalists operating from the West Nile region in Northern Uganda. The training is the second of its kind after one held a week ago in Gulu for journalists within the Acholi Sub-region.

The training, which is under the auspices of the Embassy of Finland (Nairobi), is an intervention to equip the journalists with basic legal knowledge (Para-legals) to address the growing vulnerability to persistent violent attacks from State and non-state actors that range from assault, unlawful arrest and detention, torture and other forms of abuses and violations. It has drawn journalists from the districts of Arua, Koboko, Maracha, Moyo, Adjumani, Yumbe, Nebbi, Zombo and Terego –from both electronic and print media.

These trainings undertaken by HRNJ-Uganda were precipitated by the fact that most of the perpetrators on numerous occasions get away scot-free mainly due to the inadequate capacity of journalists to challenge these violations in line with the available legal and administrative procedures. The intervention aims at arming journalists with requisite knowledge to undertake action relevant in scaling down on potential crimes and plead their cases once they fall victim to abuses and violations. The training is expected to end on September 2, 2013.


For More Information Contact;
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)

Plot 18, Block 12 Stensera Road Kayanja Triangle Zone
P.O.BOX. 71314 Clock Tower Kampala. Tel: +256-414-272934 / +256-414-667627
E-mail: news@hrnjuganda.org / humanrajournalists@yahoo.co.uk / Website: http://www.hrnjuganda.org; BLOG: http://hrnjuganda.blogpost.com


About Human Rights Network For Journalists-Uganda

HRNJ-Uganda was established in 2005 by a group of human rights-minded journalists who developed a sense of activism amidst a deteriorating context due to glaring abuses targeting the media. The network gained formal registration as an independent non-profit and non-partisan media organisation in 2006. The identity of HRNJ-Uganda lies with its diverse membership across the board including the print and electronic media, freelance investigative journalists and individuals from other professions.
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