This program aims at undertaking advocacy to influence the adoption of policies and legislation that promote equality and non-discrimination in order to prevent discrimination of marginalised groups. It envisions a strengthened policy and legislative framework that promotes equality and non-discrimination of all people. To achieve this, HRAPF works with like-minded organizations and institutions.
The program targets working with: Parliament, Constitutional bodies like Uganda Law Reform Commission, Uganda Human Rights Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission; Justice Law and Order Sector institutions, Government ministries and civil society spaces, International Treaty Bodies, marginalized groups and civil society groups at the national, regional and international level.
Currently the Program is undertaking advocacy on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009, the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill 2010 and the Equal Opportunities Commission Act 2007. Great interest is also focused on the Sexual Offences Bill, Public Order Management Act 2009, the Legal Aid Bill, among others.
Activities under this program are;
i) Policy and legislative analysis.
Through research, HRAPF undertakes analysis of policies, laws and proposed bills to assess their human rights compatibility with special focus on equality and non-discrimination.
ii) Strategic Interest Litigation.
This is undertaken in order to challenge legal provisions and practices that are in breach of the international human rights principles of equality and non-discrimination. Strategic Interest Litigation is implemented with the Access to Justice Program.
iii) Building strategic alliances for policy and legislative advocacy.
This is done to build and establish strategic allies with whom to undertake the legislative and policy advocacy work.HRAPF is currently a member of the National NGO Forum, Human Rights Network (HURINET), Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CSCHRCL), Legal Aid Service Providers Network (LASPNET), East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network, and partners with many other local and international human rights organizations. It also targets to work with bodies like Parliament, Constitutional bodies like Uganda Law Reform Commission, Uganda Human Rights Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission, the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, the Police, other Justice and other Law and Order Sector institutions.
iv) Supporting publicity and dissemination.
HRAPF develops strategies aimed at publicizing the outcomes of policy and legislative advocacy work. It employs Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools including mass media tools, social media tools, the HRAPFwebsite and international and national civil society and human rights platforms. It also feeds the Access to Justice Program under the legal and Human Rights Awareness Component during awareness sessions.