Human rights defenders have appealed to government to put in place an enabling environment for them to operate in.
Margaret Ssekaggya, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, demands for access to justice, prompt and quick investigations, strong institutions like police and judiciary to work effectively.
The commonly violated rights of human rights defenders according to research carried out last year include the right to freedom of assembly at 23 percent, opinion and expression which stands at 20 percent.
Others include the right to access to funding, an effective remedy, access and communication with international bodies and the right to be protected.
The question of why human rights officials never rush to speak out when police officers are killed or injured stood out too. Ssekajja says this is one of the issues they are trying to handle by coordinating with the police.