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Former visiting fellow Johncation Muhindo receives funding to support human rights work in Uganda

Posted on 18 December 2020

Human rights defender (HRD) Johncation Muhindo, CAHR visiting fellow 2018-2019, was recently awarded two funding bids for his organization Creations Forum Afrika to conduct human rights work in Uganda.

Open Society Foundations funded to the tune of $50,000 a six-month project aimed at promoting accountability, raising awareness and documenting human rights violations in the government’s Covid-19 response in southwestern Uganda. Now, with funding of about $35,000, Johncation and his organization Creations Forum Afrika are deploying creative activism to prevent election violence ahead of Uganda’s 2021 elections in the volatile and highly violent-prone Rwenzori sub-region. Rwenzori has a long history of election related violence, including in 2016 when hundreds were left dead and thousands displaced.

Following his work in promoting human rights in Uganda, Johncation was nominated by the US Embassy in Kampala (Uganda) for the International Visitor Leadership Program of the US Department of State. He was selected to be among the 22 global fellows in NGO management this year.

Since returning to Uganda after his fellowship in York, Johncation has participated in and spoken at a number of national and international events. These have included speaking at the webinar Challenges of Leadership in Human Rights organized by CAHR; featuring on the panel of experts providing insights and context for the upcoming Ugandan elections organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) and Rift Valley Institute Kenya, as part of elections series looking at eight upcoming elections in the region covering Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia/Somaliland and Djibouti; and recently at an event discussing the role of cultural institutions in elections and politics in Africa, organized by Elections Resource Centre Zimbabwe.

Learn more about Creations Forum Afrika.