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03.23.12 - One year ago, the Center for Reproductive Rights and our partner, the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA - Uganda), submitted a joint letter to the Human Rights Council (the Council), which was about to perform its Universal Periodic Review of Uganda. That letter voiced serious concerns that the government of Uganda, despite being party to several important human rights treaties, was neglecting and often violating many human rights protections, especially those related to reproductive rights.
In December 2011, the Council responded forcefully, calling on the government to fulfill its human rights obligations, including the expansion and enhancement of access to reproductive and sexual health care services.
Recognizing several key reproductive health and rights concerns highlighted in the submission, the Council urged the Ugandan government to:
The Center and FIDA-Uganda welcome the Council's recommendations and urge the Ugandan government to prioritize their implementation to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women.