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By Jumah Nsubuga

Uganda Human Rights commission has today released the 15th annual report for the year 2012.

While presenting the report to the speaker of parliament on Tuesday  morning, the chairperson of the Uganda human rights commission Meddie Kaggwa revealed that in 2012 the Uganda human rights commission registered a total of 2725 complaints and registered 706 new complaints on human rights violations a 31% decrease from the 1021 complaints registered in 2011.

Mr Kaggwa says that despite the decrease in complaints, torture, cruelty on humanity and degrading treatment or punishment remained high.

The highest number of complaints registered involved the violation of freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment which constituted 35.3% of the total complaints registered and was followed by complaints on detention beyond 48hours at 27.16%, denial of child maintenance at 17.13%, and deprivation of property at 6.4%.

UHRC has also registered an increase in complaints on the rights to basic education which increased from 15 in 2011 to 23 in 2012. 841 complaints registered on gender.

He said that UHRC faced many challenges while handling the process including the following lack of co-operation from respondents continues to affect the timely resolution of complaints and inadequate resources, both human and financial to facilitate timely investigation and resolution of complaints.