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Remarks at Presentation of Human Rights Defenders Award


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
U.S. Embassy
Kampala, Uganda
August 3, 2012

Thank you so much. Well, I am very pleased to be here once again in Kampala and to have the opportunity to present the State Department’s 2011 Human Rights Defenders Award to not just one person, but to a coalition of groups that are standing up for human rights and setting an example for how civil society can work together in common cause.

Now I know our meeting has been months in the making, but I am so delighted to be here in person to meet each of you – some of you I’ve met before, but not all of you – and to put everybody’s face and name and organization together.

Since I became Secretary, we have worked to elevate the role of civil society, and especially groups that promote human rights. And so we want to be your partners as well to help bend the arc of history toward justice and to help more people lead lives of dignity and opportunity. The work you are doing is helping to make human rights a human reality. You are tearing down barriers that prevent people from enjoying the full measure of liberty, the full experience of dignity, the full benefits of humanity. And this coalition shows what can happen when brave change-makers come together.

I’ve said before it is critical for all Ugandans – the government and citizens alike – to speak out against discrimination, harassment, and intimidation of anyone. That’s true no matter where they come from, what they believe, or whom they love. And no one has been a stronger champion than all of you. You’ve been organized, disciplined, and savvy. You have marshaled the evidence and made the arguments using the rights enshrined in Uganda’s constitution and in international law. And by doing so, you are a model for others and an inspiration to the world.

I’m well aware that you do your work often amidst difficult, even dangerous circumstances. I know that some of your lives have been threatened, your friends and families intimidated. But I want you to know that the United States is and will be your partner. I raised these issues with President Museveni today, because this isn’t just about carving out special privileges for any one group; this is about making sure universal rights are protected for all people. A violation of anyone’s rights is a violation of everyone’s rights.

Standing up for human rights is not always popular, but it is always honorable. And I am delighted to present you with this award to celebrate the work of this coalition to defend the human rights of all Ugandans.

Let me come over here, and we’ll have a picture. (Applause.)

In this photo taken, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton applauds members of the Civil Society Coalition for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, or “Coalition”, which opposes anti-homosexuality

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On her journeys around the globe, Mme. Secretary always makes sure she meets with civil society which translates to business leaders, opposition party members, students, and those providing various services – in short, regular folks.  Uganda was no exception.  Today she stopped by the Reach Out Mbuya Health Center, in Kampala, Uganda.  They provide care for those infected with AIDS and HIV.  These pictures tell a powerful story of how she was received there.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to Reach Out Mbuya, a health clinic that has HIV/AIDS outreach, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in Kampala, Uganda. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

Young dancers cheer for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she visits “Reach Out Mbuya”, a health clinic that does HIV/AIDS community outreach, in Kampala, Uganda August 3, 2012.

Holding her son Ignatius, 3, Sarah Nassolo, 29, kneels in thanks in front of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) at “Reach Out Mbuya”, a health clinic that does HIV/AIDS community outreach, in Kampala, Uganda August 3, 2012. Nassolo and her husband Charles Byamukama (L) with son Isaac, 6, are both HIV positive. Their sons are both HIV negative thanks to a clinic program which works to limit mother-to-child infection. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool (UGANDA – Tags: POLITICS HEALTH)

People raise their hands in a prayer for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, at the end of her visit to Reach Out Mbuya, a health clinic that does HIV/AIDS community outreach, in Kampala, Uganda, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012.

They prayed for her.  How beautiful!  It touched my heart.  Thank you, Uganda,  for loving our Secretary of State and for praying for her.  Here are her remarks.

Remarks at Reach Out Mbuya Health Center


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Kampala, Uganda
August 3, 2012


AUDIENCE: Good evening.

SECRETARY CLINTON: And Minister, thank you very much for those remarks. I am honored to be here. I am delighted to be back in Uganda and to be part of this exciting effort, the partnership between our two countries. I want to thank Dr. Ondoa for her hard work and for all that she is doing.

And Dr. Talisuna, thank you so much for your work. (Applause.)

So we have two women doctors who are leading the way on health in Uganda, and I am excited about being here, because I have heard for a long time about the work that Reach Out does. (Applause.) And Reach Out is well named, because what you have done is to be sure that people in the area have a place to come to be given support, to be given treatment, to be given dignity in order to achieve their own personal goals of being healthy and productive citizens.

Today, more than 300,000 Ugandans are receiving treatment through PEPFAR. PEPFAR is the program that the United States started under President George W. Bush. And I will be looking forward to be meeting with John Robert Engole who eight years ago was near death. He was the first person in the world to receive life-saving medication through PEPFAR. And now there are 300,000 Ugandans receiving medication through PEPFAR. And I want to do more to make sure that every person has the opportunity to become healthy.

And we have seen here at Reach Out and in other places across your country how this can be done. In the 1990s, thanks to your government, thanks to your officials, thanks to the citizens, we had the best program in the world right here in Uganda. (Applause.) And we saw how the prevalence of this disease could drop dramatically from nearly 20 percent to below 7 percent.

However, I am here because I am worried. In recent years, the focus on prevention has faded, and new infections are on the rise again. I had the opportunity to discuss this with the President and with the Minister. Uganda is now the only country in Sub-Saharan Africa where the rate of HIV is going up instead of going down. Now, I know that Ugandans, when you put your mind to something, can really get it done. So I’m hoping that together we can work on making prevention the focus again and making sure that rate of infection goes down, down, down.

So we’re going to work with you. I’ve made that pledge to the President and to the health minister. We’re going to review our strategy with the Ministry, with civil society groups, and other partners, because we want to emphasize what we think will work. And one area that I particularly care about as a mother is to eliminate mother-to-child transmissions of the virus. And we can do that, and our Government in the United States recently committed an additional $25 million. I hope I will come back in a few years, and there will be no babies in Uganda being born with the HIV Virus. (Applause.)

We are very proud, Minister, to be partnering with you and with the Ministry of Health. Experts from our Centers for Disease Control recently arrived in Uganda, because we not only work with you on HIV/AIDS; we’re also working with you now on the outbreak of the Ebola Virus. We want to work with you on maternal and child health. There is so much that we believe is possible here in Uganda.
Now, clinics like this, this wonderful program in this beautiful place needs resources, and all of us must keep up our funding commitments – the Government of Uganda, other donors like the United States, and I am looking forward to being able to work with you to do that. This clinic is a model not only for Uganda, but for all of Africa, indeed for the world. And I can see it has a lot of citizen and community support. And that’s what makes it work, and that’s what’s made Uganda unique in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

I want Uganda, once again, to be the model for the world, and I know Uganda can be. When I first came to Uganda in the mid-1990s when my husband was President, I came because there wasn’t anywhere else I could have gone in the world that was doing a better job. When I came back with my husband on his trip as President – and I don’t know if you remember, but when he was – as President in those years when he traveled across Africa and he came to Uganda, he met a little boy who had just been born, and they named him Bill Clinton. And so my husband was just back in Uganda a week ago, and he met Bill Clinton, who’s now about 12 years old. And he’s healthy, and he’s handsome, and he’s doing well in school. That’s what we want for every boy and girl in Uganda. We want a good future.

So let me close by saying that the American people are deeply proud to be your partners and your friends, and we’re going to keep working together on the economy, on better opportunities for people, as President Museveni said, on electricity, on infrastructure, on security, education, and health. And we have so much confidence that Uganda will, once again, be a model in HIV/AIDS, continue to develop, and make a difference for the people of this great and beautiful country. Thank you all, and God bless you. (Applause.)

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