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MPs debate gross human rights violations now “at the roof”

(Last Updated On: 19 August 2022)

The Bugiri Municipality MP, Asuman Basalirwa noted that Uganda is not short of an elaborate legal regime regarding violation of human rights. 


By Our Reporter

Kampala – August 19, 2022: Parliament of Uganda on Thursday debated the state of human rights violations, with some MPs blaming the State and not making use of the available laws.

According to John Nambeshe, the Manjiya County MP in Budaka district, the gross human rights violations in Uganda have reached the roof. “The culture of impunity is equally skyrocketing,” he told Parliament on Thursday. 

Nambeshe, who also doubles as the Opposition Chief Whip, also told the House that the country has seen people who have been granted bails rearrested by men dressed like civilians.

“These are excesses being committed to Ugandans by the State,” he asserts. 

A report on the human rights and human rights violations from January 2022 to date was tabled before parliament. 

Kasija Stephen, the Burahya County MP said serious actions should be taken on culprits who abuse human rights. He noted that many times they are arrested and released without serious punishment.

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According to the Bugiri Municipality MP, Asuman Basalirwa, Uganda is not short of an elaborate legal regime regarding violation of human rights. 

“We only need to address the issue of different agencies and individuals who continue to violate human rights.”

For more than two decades, the government has restricted rights to freedom and assembly, especially during political seasons. During this time, cases of kidnap, murder, and torture surface.

Amnesty International Report, 2021 

A report by Amnesty International on 2021 human rights status in Uganda found that security forces used “intimidatory tactics” to suppress political opposition members and supporters in the context of the January elections, including arbitrary arrests, abductions, prolonged incommunicado detention, enforced disappearances, and prosecutions. 

The rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and association were severely restricted; the authorities targeted organizations working on human rights and shut down the internet for five days.

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