The Law on the Right to Participation

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The right to participation is enshrined in various international instruments such as conventions, treaties and declarations which Uganda is party to.

Under Article 21(1) of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives. Similarly, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, (1976) in Article 25 (a) recognizes every citizen’s right and the opportunity to take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly or through freely chosen representatives.

These provisions are re-echoed by Article 13 (1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights which provides that every citizen shall have the right to participate freely in the government of his country, either directly or through freely chosen representatives in accordance with the provisions of the law.

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An illustration (SOURCE: Internet)

At the national level, Objective II (i) of the National Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy in the Constitution dictates that the State shall be based on democratic principles which empower and encourage the active participation of all citizens at all levels in their own governance. Similarly, Article 38 (1) guarantees the right of every Uganda citizens to participate in the affairs of government, individually or through his or her representatives in accordance with law.

 

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