Uganda

Human Rights in Uganda

Museveni’s 30-year reign has brought relative stability and economic growth. Despite these achievements, the track record of his administration’s respect for basic rights and freedoms is dismal. The development of human rights in Uganda remains fragile. Where overlap between the ruling party and the state is pervasive, government institutions have very little space to provide impartial service to all citizens. The human rights environment in the country remains unstable due to the introduction of increasingly restrictive legislation and the lack of independence in several state institutions.

Human Rights Defender Killed in Uganda

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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.

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

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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.

(Svenska) Museveni blir kvar – och förtrycket ökar

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(Svenska) 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.

Uganda Elections 2016 – A Situation Analysis by Civil Rights Defenders

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Uganda will hold its fifth presidential and parliamentary election on February 18, 2016. Around half of the population are registered to cast their votes, according to the Electoral Commission. The atmosphere is a mixture of fear of election-related violence coupled with the fear that civil and political rights will be further eroded. Reports of irregularities and election-related violence continue to surface. This has prompted local and international stakeholders to call for immediate reconciliatory measures to ease the situation.

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

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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.

Anti-gay law in Uganda violates international conventions

H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda. Photo: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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

Human Rights Defenders in focus – Brian Nkoyooyo

Fit in, instead of standing out, is a general security advice for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people in Uganda. “It is a matter of survival”, says Brian Nkoyooyo, Director of the grass root organisation Icebreakers that works with LGBT youth. Since he is a well-known gay activist in a country that is considered to be one of the worst countries for LGBT people, he is always on guard: “I live every day as it was my last”.