Human Rights & Environmental Justice

Our vision is a well organised and healthy communities that honors and values human rights, cultural and biological diversity and the critical contribution of environment to their wellbeing.

Ngetha Media Association for Peace is a small not- for-profit indigenous led advocacy organisation established in 2015 to advocate for better standards of living, respect of human rights and protection of environmental resources.

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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 in the Albertine region of Uganda, 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, particularly as they relate to the constitution, the Electoral systems and the judiciary. Preventing and addressing conflicts related sexual violence as a priority for peace.

CHALLENGES

Ugandan government and its agents, rich and well-connected individuals, as well as the fereign business corporations in the Country, are continuing violating citizens’ rights especially concerning land rights resulting in the exploitation of natural resources.

Despite of the largest oil, gas and minerals deposits, forests, lakes, rivers as well as wildlife and other natural resources which are found in abundance within this region, local communities who depend on these ecological systems are often being disregarded by corporations and governments.

Human Rights Defenders and Land Rights Activists emerged and nevertheless, their work is plagued by threats, assaults, intimidation, arbitrary-arrests, detention, surveillance and closure of civic space which goes unreported in most cases because of lack of protection mechanisms and isolation of the communities from the capital city of Kampala where large NGO’s are headquartered.

Ngetha Media Association for Peace is a small not- for-profit indigenous led advocacy organisation established in 2015 to advocate for better standards of living, respect of human rights and protection of environmental resources.

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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...

Free, Prior and informed Consent for Land rights, Environmental protection and Human Rights Defense

Free, prior and informed consent FPIC can be understood as one of the main achievements of indigenous movements, overcoming the old mentality that considered indigenous peoples as unable to decide their own future. It’s common in international law. The standard...

Nebbi and Zombo: New evidence shows worsening human rights violation against the indigenous peoples by National Forestry Authority (NFA)

New evidence shows that the National Forest Authority of Uganda is involved in various abuse of Indigenous people’s rights to ownership and utilization of land and forests resources in the districts of Zombo and Nebbi in the Albertine region of Uganda. It’s...

Forests guards (Rangers ) are accused of violating and abusing human rights of Indigenous community in and within Budongo Forest 

A resident of Karongo village in Masindi district told Ngetha Media Association for Peace that there are too many concerns regarding the manner in which the Budongo Forest guards/rangers are treating community members in and within the Forest. Community members are...

The real Avatar: A video about Indigenous land rights and Environmental Protection attracted mixed reactions from the community of Ngwedu,in Buliisa district

On August,17, 2019, Ngetha Media Association for Peace in Partnership with our on-ground Environmental Defenders and Land rights activists in Nwgedu,Buliisa district facilitated  the screening of the Film “The Real Avatar” a film that shows an indigenous alien tribe...

Ngetha Media Association for Peace in partnership with Chapter Four Uganda convened Two days workshops on NGO’s legal compliance and safety awareness

Civic space in Uganda, like in many other parts of the world, continues to close as governments adopt outright repressive laws and practices and insidious approaches designed to make it difficult for groups to exercise their association freedoms. For example, offices...

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...

Free, Prior and informed Consent for Land rights, Environmental protection and Human Rights Defense

Free, prior and informed consent FPIC can be understood as one of the main achievements of indigenous movements, overcoming the old mentality that considered indigenous peoples as unable to decide their own future. It’s common in international law. The standard...

Nebbi and Zombo: New evidence shows worsening human rights violation against the indigenous peoples by National Forestry Authority (NFA)

New evidence shows that the National Forest Authority of Uganda is involved in various abuse of Indigenous people’s rights to ownership and utilization of land and forests resources in the districts of Zombo and Nebbi in the Albertine region of Uganda. It’s...

Forests guards (Rangers ) are accused of violating and abusing human rights of Indigenous community in and within Budongo Forest 

A resident of Karongo village in Masindi district told Ngetha Media Association for Peace that there are too many concerns regarding the manner in which the Budongo Forest guards/rangers are treating community members in and within the Forest. Community members are...

The real Avatar: A video about Indigenous land rights and Environmental Protection attracted mixed reactions from the community of Ngwedu,in Buliisa district

On August,17, 2019, Ngetha Media Association for Peace in Partnership with our on-ground Environmental Defenders and Land rights activists in Nwgedu,Buliisa district facilitated  the screening of the Film “The Real Avatar” a film that shows an indigenous alien tribe...

Ngetha Media Association for Peace in partnership with Chapter Four Uganda convened Two days workshops on NGO’s legal compliance and safety awareness

Civic space in Uganda, like in many other parts of the world, continues to close as governments adopt outright repressive laws and practices and insidious approaches designed to make it difficult for groups to exercise their association freedoms. For example, offices...

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