The organization People for Peace and Defence of Rights (PPDR Uganda) is a legally registered Non Governmental Organization (NGO) in Uganda since 2010 under the NGO Registration (Amendment) Act 2006, Registration No. 7094. It is duly incorporated under the Companies Act, CAP 110 as a body corporate and registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act CAP 105.
PPDR is an independent, non-partisan and nonprofit human rights organization. The organization addresses the entire range of human rights, civil and political as well as economic, social and cultural rights as defined in the international human rights conventions.
The idea of starting this NGO began in 2003 by a group of human rights activists who were refugees living in Uganda. The primary purpose was to address the question of refugee rights.
At the time, refugee rights were not much respected and service delivery to refugees considered as a charity. The situation worsened as refugees were denied their fundamental human rights which are not granted by anybody but are inherent to every human being. PPDR’s open criticisms later gained momentum until PPDR Uganda finally registered as a fully operating NGO in 2010. At this time, Ugandans were also invited to join as Founder Members to reflect PPDR Uganda’s desire to serve all vulnerable people regardless of nationality or ethnic background. Most of the original Founders were resettled, including Eugene Kabamba, Kasongo Fabrice Kitoko and Jean Paul Ruhana Mirindi. They have continued to support PPDR both morally and financially.
Over time, members saw the need to revise the constitution in order to improve the governance structure and accountability, to and ensure that PPDR Uganda is controlled by her members, as originally intended. PPDR held an Annual General Assembly on 17th May 2014 at her headquarters in Kampala, Mengo Kisenyi Social Centre.
Three fundamental issues were realized on that day:
- The adoption of the official PPDR membership list.
- The passing of the amended Constitution.
- The election of the Board of Directors.