Uganda’s record on the Council’s work regarding country situations was poor. Uganda routinely rejected or abstained on a broad range of country-specific initiatives, calling into question its commitment to the Council’s mandate. 

2012/2013 Analysis

Uganda did not support any but one country resolution put to the vote under agenda items 2 and 4 during this period. Uganda voted against the resolutions on accountability in Sri Lanka and abstained on the resolutions on Belarus and Iran. Breaking with many countries in its region, and placing it in a small minority within the Council, Uganda also abstained on all the Syria resolutions, with the exception of a single resolution it supported in September 2013. Uganda did not join any joint statements relating to country situations during this period(Eritrea, Bahrain, referral of the situation in Syria to the ICC, and the general statement on country situations).

Despite opposing country-specific action in much of the world, Uganda voted in favor of all the resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, exposing the double standards of its approach.

More positively,Uganda introduced an amendment to the March 2012 Libya resolution expressing concern about the situation of migrants in the country. Uganda voted in favor of this amendment, as well as the two additional amendments made by Russia that would have improved the text of the resolution. This one exception, however, calls into question why Uganda was unwilling to adopt an approach showing the same degree of concern for victims in other situations.

Uganda co-sponsored a total of 36 country resolutions, although it rarely intervened in the country-specific debates of the Council.Uganda should reconsider its approach to country situations and consider supporting the Council's action on Syria, Belarus, Iran and Sri Lanka.

Voting record in 2012

Support for key joint statements in 2012

Voting record in 2013

Support for key joint statements in 2013