by Ronald Kabuye
Justice ministers of the 12 member state in the great lakes region have adopted a commique termed “ Nairobi declaration on peace, justice and good governance” under which they have recommitted themselves to take measures to ensure as much as possible they reduce on the abuses of human rights, acts of impunity, corruption, terrorism among others and promote judicial independence and all institutions whether governmental or non-governmental that deal with human rights, good governance and democracy.
An express agreement was also passed that the countries that have not signed up the protocol should do so in addition to cooperating with other agencies with in Africa and united nations to promote the agreed goals and re-engineer new synergy to ensure that acts of impunity are eradicated.
According to Dr. Livingstone Ssewanyana, the executive director of Foundation for Human rights initiative who attended the meeting in Nairobi, the declaration is a renewed hope that with partnership with civil society there will be more support and love towards promoting justice, democracy and human rights and recognizing the role of civil societies in advancing for the aimed goals.
Under the declaration member states also committee themselves to recognize legally, protect and uphold the independence of human rights defenders and human rights institution.
Countries the unit under the great lakes region with the aim of promoting peace, security and prosperity in the region include all east African countries, Sudan, Angola, Central African Republic , DR. Congo, Zambia end