Human Rights & Environmental Justice

We are a non-political and not-for-profit indigenous-led advocacy organization that advocates for better standards of living, respect for human rights, and the protection of environmental resources.

 

Ngetha Media Association for Peace aspire for a “well organized and healthy communities that honors and value human rights, cultural and biological diversity and the critical contribution of the environment to their wellbeing”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mission

Our mission is to use media as a tool for advocacy and campaigns for human rights in favor of marginalized communities.

PROTECTING AND DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS

Our Human Rights Program focuses on Supporting Human Rights Defenders with technical skills and knowledge in digital and physical security using media to increase public awareness of human rights issues

ADVOCATING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Our Environment Program focuses on biodiversity conservation,using media to increase public awareness of environmental issues as well as species re-generation

WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY AGENDA

We support women and indigenous initiatives of peace and conflict resolution; and advocate for protection of and respect of human rights of women and girls, providing tailored security and targeted protections for Women human rights defenders and activists who are endangered because of their peace and justice works.

CHALLENGES

Restricted and limited access to land and resources has proven to be one of the major obstacles to the

development of local communities. Recent Oil and gas discoveries in the Albertine graben have turned the region into one of the world’s top exploration hotspots. With its potential to transform local economies and boost development, regional governments have banked on oil, looking at new African producers with optimism

 

The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) would become the world’s longest heated pipeline situated in sensitive ecosystems, in one of the world’s most ecologically diverse regions. Many have already been severely affected by the ongoing oil work in the area. Approximately, 31,000 smallholder farmers are affected as they have to leave their farmland for the Tilenga and EACOP oil development project.

 

The land is fundamental to the realization of many human rights and critical to the livelihoods of farming communities across the Albertine graben as rural People depend on their land for water, farming, grazing, and fishing. Unfortunately, resettlement planning laws are underdeveloped and fall short of international obligations, including the standards set by lenders financing the projects themselves.

 

Journalists, human rights defenders and community leaders face serious risks for their works to protect their communities, peoples and environment. Due to the nature of their work, they have become targets of both State and non State actors who seek to intimidate, silence and disrupt their works.

Those working against land grabbing, natural resource extraction, mega projects and deforestation activities on their lands and villages are particularly endangered and their work is plagued by threats, assaults, intimidation, arbitrary-arrests, detention, surveillance and closure of civic space.

Available evidences suggests that the shrinking space of civil society hinders social and -economic development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Restrictions on civic space prevent Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from engaging in policy formulation, monitoring rights, raising awareness, championing the voices of vulnerable populations, and from building partnerships.

When civic space is limited, development risks excluding voices and increasing social distrust. Ultimately, this increases inequalities and makes development less sustainable.

Civic space is essential to provide transparent and verifiable information. If objective data is absent due to shrinking civic space, trust in official data and political performance is likely to decrease.

Weakening of civil society may increase a permissive culture of corruption among elite groups without sufficient checks and balances. Not only could this erode trust in governance, but it could also trigger significant economic, food and political crises.

Overemphasis on huge infrastructure projects and economic growth increasingly competes with the discourse of inclusion and thereby puts the key SDG principle of “leaving no one behind” at risk.

Citizens in particular marginalised groups – must be able to hold the providers of basic public services accountable for equitable delivery of services such as education, health, water and sanitation, housing, safety and justice. Governments routinely struggle to improve the quality of public services, but shrinking and closing civic space and violating fundamental freedoms excludes citizens from addressing challenges in the delivery of basic public services. The ‘leave no
one behind’ principle commits governments to reaching the most marginalised populations.Their voices must be heard, and their active participation as agents of change needs to be promoted.

Clamping down on information-sharing and scrutiny of public affairs has counter-productive effects, as public trust is undermined when governments control the flow of information. In the absence of independent scrutiny and analysis of official statistics, methodologies and sources, public experts and development partners are often suspicious of official data.

 

 

 

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RAISING AWARENESS

We reach out to people and communities through radio, media campaigns, social media platforms and face to face, addressing relevant issues and providing essential information.

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LEARNING TOGETHER

We organize and host learning opportunities where we can all exchange our experience and knowledge and become more resilient together.

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COMMUNITY ACTION

Listening, discussing, analyzing situations and making decisions in community is vital in social transformation and justice.

Ngetha in the news

Uganda elections approach amid hostile environment for media

By Murithi Mutiga/CPJ East Africa Correspondent on February 16, 2016 8:53 AM EST Source: https://cpj.org/2016/02/uganda-elections-approach-amid-hostile-environment/ Robert Agenonga, 23, and a few other youth activists set up in 2011 the Lake Albert Youth Cabinet Media...

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Finnish newspaper VOIMA talks about NGETHA

Source: https://voima.fi/artikkeli/2020/ihmisoikeus-ja-ymparistoaktivisti-agenonga-robert-kaipaan-rajat-ylittavaa-aktivismia/?cn-reloaded=1 Human rights and environmental activist Agenonga Robert: "I miss cross-border activism" Ugandan Agenonga Robert had not turned...

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Uganda elections approach amid hostile environment for media

By Murithi Mutiga/CPJ East Africa Correspondent on February 16, 2016 8:53 AM EST Source: https://cpj.org/2016/02/uganda-elections-approach-amid-hostile-environment/ Robert Agenonga, 23, and a few other youth activists set up in 2011 the Lake Albert Youth Cabinet Media...

Finnish newspaper VOIMA talks about NGETHA

Source: https://voima.fi/artikkeli/2020/ihmisoikeus-ja-ymparistoaktivisti-agenonga-robert-kaipaan-rajat-ylittavaa-aktivismia/?cn-reloaded=1 Human rights and environmental activist Agenonga Robert: "I miss cross-border activism" Ugandan Agenonga Robert had not turned...

“Human Rights Defenders often protect others whilst neglecting themselves. When a defender protects his/her life, he/she can even protect others better”

In 2019, Ngetha Media Association for Peace had an opportunity to convene  Legal Compliance and Safety Awareness for Human Rights Defenders in the Northern and Mid Albertine region. The event was jointly organized by NMAP and Chapter Four Uganda in Pakwach town...

“Human Rights Defenders are not oppositions, they are named so when they speak truth”: Reflections from the multi stakeholders dialogue on HRD’s safety and protection –Nebbi 2019

The regional multi-stakeholders dialogue on human rights defenders safety and protection 2019 was organized in Nebbi, west Nile, by Ngetha Media Association for Peace and Nebbi district NGO’s Forum, on June 6, 2019. Professor Dr. Kakungulu Mayambala of Makerere...

Defending Environmental Human rights defenders in Uganda: Reflections from 2019

In 2019 Ngetha Media Association for Peace in partnership with our three on ground Environmentalists and human rights organizations Navigators of Development Association (NAVODA), Nebbi District NGO’s forum and Friends of Zoka Forest (FOZ) undertook a comprehensive...

Uganda elections approach amid hostile environment for media

By Murithi Mutiga/CPJ East Africa Correspondent on February 16, 2016 8:53 AM EST Source: https://cpj.org/2016/02/uganda-elections-approach-amid-hostile-environment/ Robert Agenonga, 23, and a few other youth activists set up in 2011 the Lake Albert Youth Cabinet Media...

Finnish newspaper VOIMA talks about NGETHA

Source: https://voima.fi/artikkeli/2020/ihmisoikeus-ja-ymparistoaktivisti-agenonga-robert-kaipaan-rajat-ylittavaa-aktivismia/?cn-reloaded=1 Human rights and environmental activist Agenonga Robert: "I miss cross-border activism" Ugandan Agenonga Robert had not turned...

“Human Rights Defenders often protect others whilst neglecting themselves. When a defender protects his/her life, he/she can even protect others better”

In 2019, Ngetha Media Association for Peace had an opportunity to convene  Legal Compliance and Safety Awareness for Human Rights Defenders in the Northern and Mid Albertine region. The event was jointly organized by NMAP and Chapter Four Uganda in Pakwach town...

“Human Rights Defenders are not oppositions, they are named so when they speak truth”: Reflections from the multi stakeholders dialogue on HRD’s safety and protection –Nebbi 2019

The regional multi-stakeholders dialogue on human rights defenders safety and protection 2019 was organized in Nebbi, west Nile, by Ngetha Media Association for Peace and Nebbi district NGO’s Forum, on June 6, 2019. Professor Dr. Kakungulu Mayambala of Makerere...

Defending Environmental Human rights defenders in Uganda: Reflections from 2019

In 2019 Ngetha Media Association for Peace in partnership with our three on ground Environmentalists and human rights organizations Navigators of Development Association (NAVODA), Nebbi District NGO’s forum and Friends of Zoka Forest (FOZ) undertook a comprehensive...

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Ngetha Media Association for Peace-NMAP would like to thank it’s partners, collaborators and several individuals for their continuous support to the organization’s activities.

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