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In addition to the coordination and establishment of constructive networks to foster civil rights protection, we appreciate the immense value of being a part of already existing networks and coalitions that have established themselves in human rights engagement. In this regard, Chapter Four Uganda has continued to solidify and formalize its membership in existing national, regional and international civil liberties’ networks.
With the strength of numbers, and the power in concerted and harnessed expertise in civil rights, these networks and coalitions can go the extra mile in influencing policy and legislative change, as well as fostering human rights compliance at all levels.
Chapter Four has added its portfolio to these concerted efforts and will continue to look out for the right networks to produce the kind of force that can push the civil rights agenda forward in Uganda.
We also appreciate that regional and international networks are pivotal for Chapter Four’s extra-territorial engagements. Chapter Four Uganda has been actively involved in various engagements at international forums. These engagements have included advocacy initiatives, building internal capacity through shared expertise and experience with like-minded organizations with international presence, and establishment of international links with like-minded persons and entities interested in getting involved in the human rights movement in Uganda.
The participation in these networks and coalitions by Chapter Four is strategic to bolster its engagement in civil rights issues.
However, Chapter Four restricts its membership to organisations that focus on the organization’s areas of thematic focus, as well as those that share the strategy, style and ethos of Chapter Four’s engagements.
To that end, Chapter Four Uganda has obtained membership status in the following coalitions; the National Coalition for Human Rights Defenders, the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, the Coalition Against Torture, the Network for Public Interest Lawyers, among other networks and thematic working groups involving several organisations.
Chapter Four will also establish a formal working relationship with International Senior Lawyers Project to do law specific analysis.