INTRODUCTION Distinguished Commissioners of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights, Representatives of the Government of the Gambia, delegates and observers here present, ladies and gentlemen. Please allow me, on behalf of the Government and People of the Republic of Uganda to thank the esteemed Commission for once again giving us this opportunity to present this 5th country report for the period 2010 to 2012. This presentation is being made in compliance with Article 62 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and is in line with the reporting guidelines as contained in sheet number five issued by this esteemed Commission. This report has been prepared by the Government of the Republic of Uganda working closely with the Uganda Human Rights Commission and Non Governmental Organizations. Structure of the Report: This report has been divided into three parts: The first part contains information and statistics on the general state of the country, namely; the status of the population, the economy and the conditions of social services. The second part outlines the legal and administrative measures that government has adopted in order to implement the requirements of the Charter since its last report in 2010. These interventions are herein arranged to correspond to each article of the Charter. The third and last part of this report contains challenges that government continues to face as it strives to implement the provisions of the Charter. PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION AND COUNTRY STATISTICS THE POPULATION: By mid 2012, Uganda’s population was projected to have reached about 34.1 million up from about 24million in 2002. However this is only a projected figure and we expect a more exact statistic from the national population census which is planned for August 2014. Population Distribution: In the upcoming census, the percentage distribution of the population in terms of gender is not expected to change much from the last census of 2002 where the female population stood at about 51% and the Male population at about 49%. In terms of age, about 70% (namely 24million of the 34.1 million) of all Ugandans are currently 25 years and below. This means that our population is one of the youngest in the world. The elderly (namely people who are 60 years and above) are estimated at only 2% of the entire population and it was estimated that by mid 2012 this figure would have come up to about 807,000 people out of the 34.1m. 2

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