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East Africa - Past Programs

Promoting Freedom of Expression, Rule of Law, and Access to Justice in Tanzania and Uganda

ABA ROLI implemented the Promoting Freedom of Expression, Rule of Law and Access to Justice in Tanzania and Uganda program from September 2019 until June 2023. The program’s goal was to promote and protect freedom of expression (FOE) and strengthen the capacity for the rule of law and access to justice in Tanzania and Uganda. 

Supporting University Law Clinics

ABA ROLI engages with several universities and their law clinics to sustainably promote public interest law and pro bono practice, as well as mainstream freedom of expression as a theme in university settings. This facet of the program endeavors to mainstream this theme at the student level (promotion of freedom of expression and engaging student body) and integrate this subject into the law school curricula of select universities through curriculum development and training sessions— with a goal to create a new generation of lawyers and media practitioners to advance and protect the freedom of expression.  

Organizing Public Lecture Series

To keep with this theme of freedom of speech, ABA ROLI organizes public lectures featuring jurists, practitioners, academics, civil society leaders, and other experts to share knowledge and discuss the state of freedom of expression in East Africa, and the path forward.  This public platform encourages engagement and discourse among audience members, promotes awareness of these freedoms. The public lectures will be organized in conjunction with universities based in Uganda and Tanzania. 

Partnering with Civil Society Organizations 

ABA ROLI supports several civil society organizations (CSOs) in both Uganda and Tanzania, in a number of areas ranging from strategic public interest litigation at the national and regional level, promotion and advocacy on media freedoms, capacity building for lawyers and media practitioners, the provision of direct and emergency assistance to human rights defenders (HRDs) under threat, human rights documentation, and the publication of thematic reports. Through engagement withCSOs in both countries, ABA ROLI aims to fortify the regional East African response to freedom of expression attacks and access to information infringements, while also developing a regional strategy on advancing and protecting these rights.

Technical Assistance towards drafting Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation in Uganda

ABA ROLI began working in Uganda in 2005, providing technical assistance towards drafting anti-human trafficking legislation. This led to the  2009 passage of the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act. Subsequently from 2011-2012, ABA ROLI worked with national, local government, and civil society partners, to organize a task force to have a coordinated response to human trafficking.