Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, has been appointed the UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order by the UN Human Rights Council. The mandate will require Dr Sewanyana to examine the states on their democratic and development practices and submit a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva and the UN General assembly in New York on an annual basis. The examination will detail the performances of states and make recommendations on the necessary improvements.

 

Dr Livingstone Sewanyna with Dr Paul Kawanga Semwogerere at the 20th Graduation ceremony of Nkozi University on 16th March 2018

 

A seasoned human rights advocate, Dr. Sewanyana has spent 27 years fighting for the rights of others. It is no surprise, that last year he scooped the national and Regional awards for “Welfare and Civil Society category ” , he later won the continental award, organized by CEO Global TITANS on 22nd September 2017 at Kampala Serena Hotel and South Africa respectively. TITANS are people who build the nation and are recognized for their contribution to nation building. Titans are meant to inspire young people to participate in meaningful ventures that build their nations.

“Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana has speared headed a number of interventions locally and at regional level such as the campaign against the abolition against the death penalty in Uganda and the East African region. He has been at the centre of promoting electoral democracy in Uganda and in 2016 he was the chairperson of the biggest domestic election observers’ network CEON-U, that brought together 23 civil society organizations,” said Memory Bandera Director Programmes and Administrator, Defend Defenders.