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Freedom House Grantee Receives the European Union Human Rights Defender Award
Photo credit: HRNJ-Uganda website
Freedom House would like to congratulate Ugandan human rights activist Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala, on being awarded the European Union Human Rights Defender Award for the year 2012. The European Union established the award to raise awareness about the work of individual human rights defenders (HRDs) around the world.
Ssebaggala is one of the founding members of the Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) and has been its National Coordinator since 2009. He was honored for his efforts in defending media rights, recording and highlighting restrictions on freedom of expression and access to information , as well as attacks on journalists.
As a founding member of HRNJ-Uganda, Ssebaggala has worked tirelessly with his colleagues to improve rights of journalists and protect the freedom of expression. The organization has helped journalists in detention, providing them with legal representation, as well as produced informative reports that highlight the challenges faced by journalists and make policy recommendations for improving their situation. Freedom House has partnered with HRNJ-Uganda on numerous freedom of expression projects.
The Award was presented to Ssebaggala by the French Ambassador to Uganda; Her Excellence Aline Kuster Menager, on April 23, 2013 at a reception held at the Dutch Ambassador’s residence in Uganda’s Capital Kampala.