Under ABA ROLI’s flagship Promoting Freedom of Expression, Rule of Law and Access to Justice in Tanzania and Uganda program ABA ROLI has led a consortium of partners to promote freedom of expression (FOE) rights through an array of approaches and activities in Uganda and Tanzania. Under the program, ABA ROLI convened training workshops for Members of Parliament (MPs) on March 30 in Tanzania and May 25 in Uganda. The workshops were held to equip MPs in each respective country with increased knowledge of FOE rights and to discuss emerging issues concerning the exercise of FOE rights in Uganda and Tanzania. The two workshops additionally aimed to support the MPs in their capacity as lawmakers to address existing gaps in policy and law, ultimately aiming to foster a greater realization and enjoyment of FOE and related fundamental rights for citizens of both countries.
The training workshops advanced the program’s goal through centering engagement with various and multi-level stakeholders in order to foster effective and sustainable outcomes. Launched in 2019, the project has employed several strategies to meet its objectives, including the use of strategic litigation to challenge problematic laws constraining civic space, capacity building of journalists, human rights defenders (HRDs) and judicial officers, providing urgent legal assistance to HRDs, advocacy and documentation work to promote enhanced protection of FOE, as well as working with universities and law schools in both countries to discuss education and emerging issues on FOE amongst others.