Digital Rights in Uganda, UPR Submission, Session 40

Digital rights and freedoms should be accorded the same protection as offline rights and freedoms. Protection of freedom of expression, access to information, data protection and privacy have been guaranteed in international and regional instruments to which Uganda is a party. Consequently, they must be considered in the recommendations made to Uganda during the third cycle of the UPR. During the second cycle of the UPR in November 2016, Uganda received 226 recommendations, accepted 148 and noted 78 recommendations. Three of the recommendations were specific to freedom of expression while only one related to the internet. This report reflects on digital rights and freedoms by assessing Uganda’s implementation of the recommendations emerging from the second cycle and compliance with the established national, regional and international standards over the period preceding the third cycle. It makes recommendations to Uganda on how its digital rights record can be improved.