Nigerian appointed UN human rights chief in Uganda
DR. Uchenna Emelonye has been appointed by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon as the Country Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Uganda.
He brings to this position over two decades of extensive experience as a human rights attorney with inter-governmental and international organizations across four continents and 22 countries.
As Chief of the UN Human Rights Office in Uganda, Dr. Emelonye is charged with formulating human rights strategies and engaging at the highest level of government in Uganda.
Prior to this position, he was the Senior Human Rights Adviser to the United Nations Country Team – Kenya. His responsibility on this position was to advice on human rights and rule of law issues, as well as support the capacity of the government of Kenya, state institutions and civil society organizations on human rights mainstreaming.
Previously, Dr. Emelonye was the Head, Governance, Institutional and Justice Reform Division of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO-Rome). His responsibilities, amongst others, included oversight of IDLO’s global work on legal, judicial and institutional reforms in post conflict and transition countries.
In this position, he supported the drafting of the bill of rights and rule of law chapters of the constitutions of Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia.