Lawyer Rwakafuuzi wins human rights award


Senior counsel Ladislaus Kiiza Rwakafuuzi has won the overall award for championing and defending human rights in Uganda.

Rwakafuuzi was awarded at the first National Muslims Human Rights Conference organised by the Muslim Centre at hotel Africana on Tuesday.

The Muslim conference was deliberating on enhancing capacity of Muslim civil society in the country.

Speaking at the event, Hon Kiwanda Suubi, minister of State for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, commended the Muslim Centre for supporting the parliament of Uganda to enhance the protection of human rights for vulnerable people in Uganda.

The recipient of their human rights award, Rwakafuuzi is a human rights advocate. For more than 25 years he has provided free services to the needy whose rights have been abused.


Beneficiaries include victims of the September 2009 Buganda riots victims, suspects in the murder of Muslim clerics, and others.

In April this year, Rwakafuuzi was awarded the first Civil Liberty Award.

The award was part of the inaugural Human Rights Convention held under the auspices of Chapter Four Uganda that focused on the future of public interest litigation in the country.

Nicholas Opiyo team leader at Chapter Four described Rwakafuuzi’s practice as being dedicated to the pursuit of human rights causes.

The Civil Liberty Award is a non-monetary recognition of extraordinary efforts in service of human rights in the East African region.