Police, Army take lead in Human Rights violation again – Report


Uganda Police detain a protester, Thursday, April 14, 2011 in Kampala, Uganda. Witnesses in Uganda say police fired tear gas into a hospital during a skirmish with stone-throwing protesters. Military police officers shot Uganda's top opposition politician in the arm Thursday and fired tear gas into a hospital as demonstrations against rising fuel and food prices broke out in several locations across the country, officials said. The opposition politician, Kizza Besigye, was walking to work to protest high gas prices (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera)

By Davis Joel Ddungu
Uganda police has yet again taken a lead in violation of Human Rights, this according to a news report released by Legal Aid Service Providers’ Network (LASPNET) and Action Aid Uganda.

According to the report, Uganda Police is followed by the Army, Security Agencies, Residents District commissioners, Local Council leaders and community members respectively.

Speaking during the release of the report at Hotel Africana, the LASPNET consultant and a Senior Lecturer at Makerere University, Gerald Tushabe, said security organs took lead because they over threaten the Human Rights Defenders during their field practices and most times they get arrested, detained and tortured on work.

He also noted that police, subsequently invites the Army and other inline security organs to torture Human Rights defenders.

He also noted that besides threats,  Ugandans’ land both private and communal owners is most times grabbed by Local councils leaders and RDCs

In his report findings he also noted that government should only coordinate with the Human Rights Defenders but not to confort them during their work.

The report however stated that Uganda’  Human Rights Defenders don’t open up to regional and international standard bodies to seek justice after failing to get fairness on the national level.

Meanwhile, Sylvia Namubiru Mukasa, the executive Director of LASPNET told this online paper that government is against  the civil Societies simply because they  try to awaken citizens’ on their rights for protection.Image result for Human Rights violation IN UGANDA

She however cited that there is lack of adequate transparency and social accountability Whicg denies a chance to Ugandans to access information on the ongoing beneficial projects and make comprehensive follow ups in the country.
She singled out some of the confidential agreements by government and other contractors in the Albertine Region to extract oil and gas.


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