Twerwaneho Listeners' club

Who We Are.

Twerwaneho listeners club (lets struggle for ourselves) born of a history of isolated efforts on fundamental human rights is a local civic club bringing human rights activists together….

What We Do.

Safety and security of the grass root human rights defenders (Physical and digital security), Catalyzing the formation of grass root activists, enhance capacity of existing and new ones…

Our Mission & Vision.

TLC promotes good governance and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms of the marginalized and most vulnerable to ensure improved service delivery, equitable development and peace….

ABOUT US

Twerwaneho listeners club (lets struggle for ourselves) born of a history of isolated efforts on fundamental human rights is a local civic club bringing human rights activists together.

In 2006, a group of local human rights activists started a radio talk show “Twerwaneho” meaning lets struggle for ourselves on local radios; Voice of Tooro and Life FM aimed at awakening people to debate issues of governance and rights. The program stimulated people and started engaging in informal debates and raising questions on issues of democracy and governance in Rwenzori region.

Governance And Accountability
95%
Human rights access to justice.
90%
Legal Aid Support
80%
Civic Participation
90%

CHILD LABOUR VIDEO

programs

ADVOCACY

ADVOCACY

Networking with stakeholders Engaging with decision makers, meetings Providing information on case and situation, newsletters and reports

LITIGATION & LEGAL AID SUPPORT

LITIGATION & LEGAL AID SUPPORT

Strategic litigation on chosen cases according to the objectives and priorities. Legal support to HRDs facing judicial harassment and threats that may require legal support..

GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY

GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY

Monitoring of public service delivery. Meaningful community participation in management of natural resources and equitable benefit sharing (focusing on the Rights, Roles, Responsibilities and Returns)

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Safety and security of the grass root human rights defenders (Physical and digital security) Catalyzing the formation of grass root activists, enhance capacity of existing and new ones and join existing strong groups.

Latest News

Child labour: Hima Cement and its suppliers have not provided remediation for victims

Kampala, 8 May 2018 – Two years after the child labour scandal in Uganda was uncovered, LafargeHolcim and its suppliers have done nothing to help the former child labourers. (TLC’s (Twerwaneho Listeners Club) partner organization, HURINET, calls on the cement group at today’s General Assembly in Switzerland to finally assume its responsibility. The case also shows that states must regulate the human rights due diligence of companies by law.

A year ago, a study
(http://www.tlcuganda.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/CHILD-LABOUR-IN-THE-SUPPLY-CHAIN.pdf) of TLC and its partner organization Bread for all revealed the extent of the human rights violations in the LafargeHolcim supply chain in Harugongo, in Kabarole District.

Hima Cement, the Ugandan subsidiary of the cement group, and its suppliers had benefited from the work of around 150 children. They were cheap workers in the quarries of Pozzolana, an auxiliary material for cement production. It wasn’t until the scandal became public domain that Hima Cement responded. Since January 2017, the company has only purchased the raw material from mechanized quarries that employ only an adult workforce.

The result: Many small miners lost their jobs and earnings from one day to the next. Children had not only neglected school for the dangerous job in the quarries, but had also endangered their health. But Hima Cement and its suppliers are still shirking their responsibility, even though they would be obliged to provide remediation in accordance with the UN’s guiding principles for business and human rights (UNGP). The company states that an external investigation has found no evidence of child labour in Hima Cement’s supply chain, but refuses to make the report publicly available.

New video statements (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g4uSGH3KgU) of former child laborers once again confirm their former work for Hima Cement’s suppliers. They also show that Hima Cement did nothing to help the victims of child labour, as TLC and HURINET demanded a year ago. Hima Cement has indeed launched the construction of sanitary facilities in a school and programs to provide health advice and increase the income of families. However, the former child laborers are still without help or career prospects.

That is why TLC, Bread For All and HURINET are renewing their call to LafargeHolcim and its suppliers at today’s General Assembly to recognize responsibility for child labour and to support former child labourers so that they can make up for missing school years and training.

However, the Lafarge-Holcim case also makes it clear that the duty of care of corporations must be regulated by law, as provided for in the Responsible Business Initiative in Switzerland. Because voluntary measures or public pressure are obviously not enough to persuade corporations to take responsibility.

For further information:

Gerald Kankya, TLC +256 782 499986: gerald@tlcuganda.org

Yvan Maillard Ardenti, Bread for All, +41 79 489 3824; maillard@bfa-ppp.ch

HURINET – Contact details Patrick Tumwine tumwinep12@gmail.com

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