Relation between state and religions

Peter Kanyandago made this Access to Information request to Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS)

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From: Peter Kanyandago

Dear Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS),

I would like to get the following information:
1. What are the laws that regulate state and religious institutions in Uganda, including Churches and Mosques?
2. What are the international instruments (treaties and conventions) which Uganda has signed and has adhered to?

Yours faithfully,

Peter Kanyandago

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Dear Peter,

 

Apologies for note getting back to you in regard to your request for
information. We had some technical challenges in getting a response
forwarded to you via askyourgov.ug which fortunately is now resolved.

 

Question 1
What are the laws that regulate state and religious institutions in
Uganda, including Churches and Mosques?

 

Some state institutions are established by the Constitution of the
Republic of Uganda, 1995 (as amended). Other institutions are established
by laws enacted by Parliament which are called Acts. Copies of the Laws of
Uganda can be accessed from the Uganda Law Reform Commission (ULRC). For
details, please follow this link for ULRC contact details
[1]http://www.ulrc.go.ug/contact-us

 

Secondly, there is no law establishing religious institutions. However,
the law confers legal status upon religious institutions by enabling them
to become legal entities in order to obtain legal personality. This legal
personality is obtained through registering as a Nongovernmental
Organisation (Non-Governmental Organisations Act), Company Limited by
Guarantee (Companies Act as amended) and trusteeship (Trustees
Incorporation Act). The Church of Uganda has a specific legislation – The
Church of England Trustees Act Cap 158 under which it specifically obtains
its legal personality. With their legal personality, religious
institutions can contract, sue and be sued – among other benefits of
obtaining legal personality.

 

Question 2
What are the international instruments (treaties and conventions) which
Uganda has signed and has adhered to?

There are several international instruments that Uganda has ratified.
Please follow the United Nations website for first-hand information on our
ratification status. Please note that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is
in Charge of ratification processes. The link below gives you the treaty
name and when you click on the Chapter you will get the list of
international instrument and scroll down, you will see the countries that
have ratified. These countries include Uganda. 

United Nations Treaty Collection
[2]https://treaties.un.org/pages/Participat... (accessed 3
November 2014).

We once again thank you for your continued engagement with JLOS.

 

 

Regards,

 

EK

 

Edgar Kuhimbisa

Information, Communications & Technology Officer

 

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Plot 1 Parliament Avenue | P O Box 7183 | Kampala – Uganda

(:  +256 414 253207  | ): +256 772  741057 | ) +256 712 300019

*: [4][email address] | 8: [5]www.jlos.go.ug 

 

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Peter,

 

Further to our email below, this link shows that Uganda has ratified all
regional instruments – at the African level as indicated by the marking in
green : [1]http://www.achpr.org/instruments/

 

 

 

From: Edgar Kuhimbisa
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:40 AM
To: '[ATI #20 email]'
Cc: '[email address]'; '[email address]'; Rachel Odoi-Musoke
Subject: Relation between state and religions

 

Dear Peter,

 

Apologies for note getting back to you in regard to your request for
information. We had some technical challenges in getting a response
forwarded to you via askyourgov.ug which fortunately is now resolved.

 

Question 1
What are the laws that regulate state and religious institutions in
Uganda, including Churches and Mosques?

 

Some state institutions are established by the Constitution of the
Republic of Uganda, 1995 (as amended). Other institutions are established
by laws enacted by Parliament which are called Acts. Copies of the Laws of
Uganda can be accessed from the Uganda Law Reform Commission (ULRC). For
details, please follow this link for ULRC contact details
[2]http://www.ulrc.go.ug/contact-us

 

Secondly, there is no law establishing religious institutions. However,
the law confers legal status upon religious institutions by enabling them
to become legal entities in order to obtain legal personality. This legal
personality is obtained through registering as a Nongovernmental
Organisation (Non-Governmental Organisations Act), Company Limited by
Guarantee (Companies Act as amended) and trusteeship (Trustees
Incorporation Act). The Church of Uganda has a specific legislation – The
Church of England Trustees Act Cap 158 under which it specifically obtains
its legal personality. With their legal personality, religious
institutions can contract, sue and be sued – among other benefits of
obtaining legal personality.

 

Question 2
What are the international instruments (treaties and conventions) which
Uganda has signed and has adhered to?

There are several international instruments that Uganda has ratified.
Please follow the United Nations website for first-hand information on our
ratification status. Please note that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is
in Charge of ratification processes. The link below gives you the treaty
name and when you click on the Chapter you will get the list of
international instrument and scroll down, you will see the countries that
have ratified. These countries include Uganda. 

United Nations Treaty Collection
[3]https://treaties.un.org/pages/Participat... (accessed 3
November 2014).

We once again thank you for your continued engagement with JLOS.

 

 

Regards,

 

EK

 

Edgar Kuhimbisa

Information, Communications & Technology Officer

 

[4]cid:image001.png@01CFDE63.8679EDE0 JLOS Secretariat | Ministry of Justice & Const. Affairs, Level 2, Room. 2.1

Plot 1 Parliament Avenue | P O Box 7183 | Kampala – Uganda

(:  +256 414 253207  | ): +256 772  741057 | ) +256 712 300019

*: [5][email address] | 8: [6]www.jlos.go.ug 

 

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confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual to whom
it is addressed. Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the
author and do not necessarily represent those of the Justice, Law and
Order Sector. If you are not the intended recipient of this email, you
must neither take any action based upon its contents, nor copy or show it
to anyone. Please contact the sender if you believe you have received this
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2. http://www.ulrc.go.ug/contact-us
3. https://treaties.un.org/pages/Participat...
5. mailto:[email address]
6. http://www.jlos.go.ug/
7. https://www.facebook.com/pages/JLOS/1230...
8. http://www.youtube.com/JLOSUganda
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