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UN appoints Nigerian human rights chief in Uganda

By Bartholomew Madukwe

United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has appointed an international human rights lawyer and diplomat, Dr. Uchenna Emelonye, as the Country Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Uganda.

Emelonye, who was the Head, Governance, Institutional and Justice Reform Division of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO-Rome), is now charged with formulating human rights strategies and engaging at the highest level of government in Uganda.

Furthemore, Emelonye’s responsibilities, amongst others, included oversight of IDLO’s global work on legal, judicial and institutional reforms in post conflict and transition countries.

In this position, he supported the drafting of the bill of rights and rule of law chapters of the constitutions of Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia. He also pioneered the development of national justice strategies of the Republic of Yemen and Afghanistan as well as the human rights action plan of the government of Ethiopia, etc.

Dr. Emelonye’s was a Judicial Affairs Officer, United Nations-African Union Mission, Darfur-Sudan; Human Rights Officer, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Pristina Kosovo; Chief-of-Party, RCN Justice and Démocratie, Brussels Belgium and Rule of Law Coordinator, International Rescue Committee, New York USA.

In addition to his outstanding career achievements internationally, Dr. Emelonye has a credible track record in Nigeria and has maintained strong connection as well as non-partisan political relevance. Before delving into international diplomatic service, he was the Executive Director, Constitutional Rights Project (CRP); Senior Human Rights Officer, The Human Rights Law Service (HURILAWS) and Executive Secretary, Ideato South Local Government, Imo State.


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