UHASSO is the Uganda Humanist Association. We are a member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU).

We are an umbrella organisation uniting several humanist organisations, groups and projects in Uganda. We campaign on issues to do with ethics and human rights, secularism and freedom of religion or belief, liberty and democracy. We are a central meeting point providing overall accountability and support for our member organisations.

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Emitos Girls FC at practice

Aims

  1. To promote Humanism in the form of a skeptical, rational, scientific, philosophical and liberal human rights culture in Uganda.
  2. To promote social welfare through establishment of:(a) Secular Schools which are committed to
    • Rational philosophy.
    • Skeptical, scientific values and attitudes.
    • Democratic leadership principles.
    • Liberal, tolerant and Human rights orientation.
    • Self help and community commitment.
    • Self employment practical skills.

    (b) Health centers e.g hospitals, dispensaries and clinics that:

    • emphasize the rights of patients.
    • Offer affordable treatment to the poor and other marginalised groups.
    • Offer health education to patients.

    (c) Humanist social centres which promote social cohesion across human made barriers and which support self help initiatives, provide entertainment, lectures and books, etc.

(d) Any other projects that may help human beings to enjoy their life on earth as well as environmental projects that guarantee the sustainabilty of mother nature with all the species that it has produced.

Objectives

  • To educate people about humanism as a free, rational, humane, skeptical/scientific, liberal and democratic life stance and approach to human life challenges.
  • To promote unity of people despite natural and artificially created barriers which include race, tribe, religion, social status and political affiliation.
  • To advocate for human rights especially for the despised minorities.
  • To oppose religious, racial and ethnic fanaticism and fundamentalism.
  • To carry out projects that promote social welfare and environmental concern.

History

Uganda Humanist Association (UHASSO) was founded by Makerere University students and other leading personalities from the general public who looked forward to a modern, democratic and tolerant society that is not bogged down by primitive, expoitative tendencies that are/were responsible to disunity, anarchy and underdevelopment.

These young Ugandans wanted a new approach based on the centrality of the potential and rights of a human being to determine his/her life on earth.We were tired of the divisive tendencies of our elder citizens based on ethnicities, religions and politics.

UHASSO was first registered as an N.G.O. in 1996.

 
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