In 2000 the UN Commission on Human Rights established as a Special Procedure the mandate on the situation of human rights defenders in order to support the implementation of the 1998 Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. In 2008, the Human Rights Council decided to continue the mandate for a period of three years and appointed Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, a Ugandan magistrate, Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission from 1996 to 2008 and engaged with the human rights situation of people living with HIV/AIDS, children, women and elderly and disabled people.