Kampala – March 30, 2012. Government of Uganda has since the 1980’s developed and implemented instruments of laws and reforms relevant for the ensuring justice, human rights, accountability and Good governance. However, despite all those efforts the poorest persons continued to face injustices, human rights abuses, violence, land grabbing, corruption and lack of accountability. Legal services are universally expensive and confined in urban areas.
According to a baseline survey and needs assessment report (2004) by DANIDA, the ratio of lawyers to people in Uganda is 1:12,000 people and yet this number also includes the non-practicing lawyers. Poorer Community members particularly the vulnerable and the marginalized are also unaware of the laws and procedures and so cannot demand for justice services.