People in Kampala, Uganda. Editorial credit: Andreas Marquardt /


While Uganda holds regular elections, their credibility has deteriorated over time, and the country has been ruled by the same party and president since 1986. The ruling party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), retains power through the manipulation of state resources, intimidation by security forces, and politicized prosecutions of opposition leaders. Uganda’s civil society and media sectors remain vibrant, despite suffering sporadic legal and extralegal harassment and state violence.

Our Work in Uganda

Freedom House works with Ugandans to promote rule of law and protect human rights by supporting national-level structures and civil society organizations that uphold respect for human rights, child justice, and rule of law.  The program combines technical assistance and financial support to Ugandan partners to improve judicial independence, strengthen promotion of human rights protection by civil society organizations, enhance media reporting on human rights accountability, and strengthen the organizational capacity of its partners.

To learn more about our work in the region, visit our Sub-Saharan Africa programs page. 

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Freedom in the World — Uganda Country Report

Uganda is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.


Freedom on the Net— Uganda Country Report

Uganda is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.