BY OUR REPORTER
As he presented his third report to the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, today September 21, 2020, Dr Sewanyana said accountability would help states sustain life and promote livelihoods. Sewanyana said, “There is need to widen the scope of participation and accountability of all states in the promotion of Human Rights.”
Recognising that COVID-19 had adverse effects on the economic and social livelihoods of Ugandans, Sewanyana said accountability of the funds given by states to countries like Uganda would help to check vices like corruption. Safeguarding human rights such as the right to life and food is extremely important in a COVID-19 context.
He also noted that despite the huge financial support to states instead there has been abuse perpetuated against citizens of the countries he evaluated.
Dr Sewanyana emphasized that the key tenets of a democratic and equitable international order are the principle of good governance. In fact, several components of what constitutes good governance, which he elaborated in his report, are found in the successive Council and General Assembly resolutions pertaining to the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order.
For instance, the Council and the General Assembly referred to the aspirations of all peoples for an international order which is based on the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter, including promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all and respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, peace, democracy, justice, equality, the rule of law, pluralism, development, better standards of living and solidarity.
Furthermore, the Council and the General Assembly recognized that democracy, respect for all human rights, including the right to development, transparent and accountable governance and administration in all sectors of society, and effective participation by civil society are an essential part of the necessary foundations for the realization of social and people-centred sustainable development.