Busingye challenges Rights Commissions on African problems resolution

On 9 November 2017 at 01:52

The Minister of Justice and the Attorney General, Johnston Busingye has said that rights commissions should track problems that still affect Africans as long as they can pragmatically address them.

Busingye was speaking yesterday in Kigali while officiating at a conference that brought together Human Rights Commissions from all African countries.

Participants are discussing the role of rights commissions in the development of the continent through different development goals set by Africa and the World in general.

Busingye said that for Africa to attain development, good ideas should be put in practice. He said that many Africans are still living in poverty, while development goals were set to end it.

“We still have problems like insufficient classrooms, access to electricity and clean water, under-five mortality and women rights promotion being hindered across Africa. These are problems that Africans are capable of responding to and alleviate by themselves,” he said.

He said that there still appear Africans living in grass-thatched houses, suffering malnutrition, access to medication problems, maternal deaths and environment destruction which can all be squarely addressed by Africans.

He cited reports of international human rights organization’s reports which contradict with national rights commissions’ reports, questioning how they contradict while they are all done for interests of human rights.

Busingye urged African countries to raise their voices and speak for themselves than these organizations which exaggerate in their reports about what happening in Africa.

“Africa has history; it has its past, present and future. We should stand and speak for what is happening, advantages and challenges faced” he said.

The Special Envoy for the Global Alliance for National Human Rights Institutions (GAHNRI), Florence Simbiri Jaoko said, for human rights organisations to facilitate governments, they should work independently.

She said that working independently would enable them report areas of concern, though, she said they sometimes face challenges like being denied financing from governments.