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Solomon Akugizibwe

Solomon Akugizibwe

HRD, Communications and advocacy officer
Association for Human Rights Organizations (AHURIO)

Solomon Akugizibwe is the communications and advocacy officer at the Association for Human Rights Organizations (AHURIO) based in Fort Portal. The AHURIO is an umbrella organisation encompassing more than fifteen human rights organisations in the Ruwenzori Region in Western Uganda. Working in this rural region, AHURIO strives to strengthen member organisations through capacity building, research, advocacy and increasing access to legal support.


Human rights defenders (HRDs) in Uganda have faced threats and harassment in recent years as the government continued to limit freedom of expression and association. Human rights defenders advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people have been particularly at risk. The government has clamped down on independent media and enacted legislation restricting civil and political rights and constraining the functioning of non governmental organizations (NGOs).