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(English) Human Rights in Uganda

(English) While Museveni’s 30-year reign has brought relative stability and economic growth to the country, the track record of his administration’s respect for basic human rights and freedoms is dismal. The development of human rights in Uganda remains fragile. Where an overlap between the ruling party and the State is pervasive, the government institutions have very little space to provide any impartial service to all citizens.

(English) Human Rights Defender Killed in Uganda

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(English) In a statement, eleven human rights groups condemn the killing of human rights defender Irumba Erasmus and his friend Vide Kanyoro, by officers of the Uganda Police Force and Uganda People’s Defence Forces. One of Civil Rights Defenders key partners in the country, The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda, is one of the organisations that urges the authorities to immediately conduct an impartial investigations into the matter.

(English) Uganda: Weak Cyber Laws Fail to Protect Internet Freedoms and Privacy

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(English) In a new report, Civil Rights Defenders and the Ugandan NGO Unwanted Witness provide a joint analysis on cyber laws in Uganda and their failure to protect online freedoms and the right to privacy. The analysis is an assessment of Ugandan cyber laws from a human rights perspective that reflects on the compatibility of the provisions with Uganda’s own 1995 Constitution and International Human Rights Standards.

(English) Ugandan Elections: Long Delays, Frustrated Voters, Violence and No Change to the Ruling Elite

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(English) February 18th brought long delays as frustrated voters queued for hours to cast their votes during the Ugandan Presidential elections. The results proved no surprise as the incumbent President, Yoweri Museveni who has been in power for 30 years, won with 60,8 % of the votes while the main opposition candidate Kizza Besigye’s took 35,4 %.

Museveni blir kvar – och förtrycket ökar

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Under lördagen stod det klart att sittande president Museveni behåller greppet om presidentposten i Uganda för en femte mandatperiod. Valdagen kantades av sammandrabbningar och nedsläckta sociala mediekanaler vilket, enligt kritiker och oppositionella i landet, skedde på order av den sittande regeringen. Civil Rights Defenders programchef för Östafrika och Afrikas horn, Mesfin Negash, analyserar valutgången i tidningen OmVärlden.

Valet i Uganda 2016 – en analys

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Den 18 februari 2016 är det val i Uganda. Enligt valkommissionen är ungefär hälften av Ugandas befolkning, totalt 15 miljoner, registrerade att rösta. Stämningen inför valet präglas av en rädsla för våldsamheter och att medborgeliga och politiska rättigheter ska komma att undergrävas ytterligare. Återkommande anmälningar om våld har lett till att både lokala och internationella aktörer uppmanat till omedelbara åtgärder för att underlätta situationen. Läs mer i Civil Rights Defenders analys.

(English) First Pride Parade Takes Place in Uganda a Year on From Proposed Draconian Legislation

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(English) In what is seen as a milestone a year on since a law requiring homosexuals to be jailed for life was overturned, Uganda held its first Pride rally just outside the capital city of Kampala. The celebrations which lasted nearly a week featured art displays, cultural dances and culminated on Saturday 08th August with “A Pride Day for the Ugandan LGBT community”

(English) Proposed Bill will Restrict the Activities of NGO’s in Uganda

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders is concerned over the trajectory of a bill that aims to regulate Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) in Uganda. The NGO bill introduced in April 2015 is due to be debated by Ugandan legislators and contains several provisions aimed at curtailing Freedom of Association. It seeks to repeal and replace the current Non-Governmental Organisation Registration Act Cap 113 regulating NGO activities in Uganda.

(English) Anti-gay law in Uganda violates international conventions

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(English) February 25, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill strengthening the punishment against homosexuals, who can now be sentenced to fourteen years up to life in prison for sexual relations with the same sex. Civil Rights Defenders, along with many other human rights organisations, have called for Uganda’s government to reverse the decision and urged them to guarantee Ugandan citizens their human rights

Människorättsförsvarare i fokus – Brian Nkoyooyo

Smälta in, istället för att stå ut, är den allmänna säkerhetsrekommendationen till homo-, bisexuella och transpersoner (hbt) i Uganda. ”Det handlar om överlevnad”, säger Brian Nkoyooyo, chef för gräsrotsorganisationen Icebreakers som jobbar med hbt-ungdomar. Som välkänd hbt-aktivist i ett av de mest homofobiska länderna är han alltid på sin vakt: ”Jag lever varje dag som om det vore den sista”.