Christopher Odyek OgwangAg.Regional Human Rights Officer, Moroto Regional Officer
areas of expertise
- Human rights protection & promotion
- Monitoring & reporting the human rights
- Human Rights & Administration
- Complaints Handling
- Investigations & Legal Services
- Management Skills & Program Management
- Master of Laws (LLM), Notre Dame University
- Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Hons, Makerere University
- Dilpoma in Legal Practice, Law Development Centre
Mr. Ogwang has over eleven (11) years’ experience in human rights protection and promotion in Uganda. He started his career with the Uganda Human Rights Commissions in August 2007 as a volunteer at the then Civil-Military Cooperation Centre (CMCC), in Abim district, Karamoja region, from where he grew through the ranks to a Human Rights Officer, Senior Human Rights Officer and currently, acting Principal Human Rights Officer/Head of a Regional Office.
As a volunteer at the CMCC, he was in charge of monitoring and reporting the human rights situation in Abim district, receiving and investigating complaints of human rights violations, as well as representing the Commission in all the stakeholder engagements at the district level. From July 2008 to December 2014, he was appointed a Human Rights Officer in charge of Investigations at the Commission’s Moroto Regional Office. During this period, he monitored the Karamoja disarmament exercise through receipt and investigation of complaints arising from the exercise. From 2015 to 2017, he was promoted to the position of Senior Human Rights Officer and served under the Directorate of Research, Education and Documentation. While in this position, he among other assignments led a team that successfully conducted a research on land disputes in Uganda. In January 2018, he was transferred to the Directorate of Monitoring and Inspections where he over saw the production of the Commission’s 20th Annual Report on the state of human rights in Uganda, among other assignments.
In his current assignment as the Regional Human Rights Officer of Moroto Regional Office, he is in charge of delivering the Commissions mandate in Karamoja Sub-Region through overseeing investigations and resolutions of complaints, human rights and civic education activities as well as monitoring the human rights situation in the region. He oversees the operation of two field offices and a combined total of 14 staff members.
Mr. Ogwang has special interest in monitoring Economic Social and Cultural Rights, the application of the Human Rights-Based Approach to Development Planning and Programming, Corporate Accountability within the broader context of Business and Human Rights as well as land governance. He also has expertise in delivering human rights and civic education activities for various sections of the public including the security agencies, local governments and the general public.
He holds a Master of Arts degree in Development Studies, majoring in Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies obtained from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University, based in the Hague, The Netherlands, a Post- graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management Institute, a Diploma in Human Rights from the Law Development Centre, Kampala, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social sciences from Makerere University, Kampala. He has attended numerous trainings and short courses on various human rights thematic areas both within and outside Uganda.