Monday 18.12.2017 in Latest Developments in Uganda Country Page
Let Ugandan Activists Out of Jail
On December 16th, Ugandan police from a unit known as the "Flying Squad" raided activists’ offices in Kampala and brutally arrested 16 youth activists known for their nonviolent activism opposing President Yoweri Museveni’s continued grab at power. These youth have been held without charge for over 48 hours—a violation of international law—without food or water, leaving one leader to be hospitalized. All the while President Yoweri Museveni attempts to extend his presidency yet again.
We need your help to amplify the message so that Ugandan authorities know that the world is watching and that this kind of violent treatment of nonviolent leaders is not acceptable. By taking this pledge, you are standing with the courageous Ugandan leaders fighting for rights using the most powerful weapon of all—nonviolent collective action!
Museveni is currently on a scorched earth campaign to pressure Ugandan Parliamentarians to pass a bill overturning a constitutional amendment that says a President cannot renew their term if they are over the age of 75. Museveni will be 77 years old in the next election and has ruled Uganda since 1986—that’s longer than most Ugandans have been alive. This Age Limit Bill would give him a life term. This is not a presidency. This is dictatorship.
Museveni is clearly threatened by youth whose only weapon is their collective nonviolent action. But, we must act fast to get them out of jail before they face potential torture and put their families at higher risk.
We need Museveni and those cowardly backing him with violent weapons to know that the world is watching! We stand in solidarity with the activists on the frontlines for the struggle for justice, peace and true democracy.
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The following activists were arrested on the afternoon of December 16th in Kampala, and we are demanding their immediate release:
- Arinaitwe Scovia
- Buwembo Habib
- Nasali Margret (Mega)
- NABAKOZA Rahma
- Maato Zeedi
- Ssemakula Asadu
- Awadi Hashim
- Bakulumpagi Isa
- Walugembe Aziz
- Obonyo Oliver (O.O)
- Sserwanja Ibrahim
- Kaketo William
- Natuhwera Benard
- MUGALURA Obadia
- Magambo Philip
- Ssebiranda Eddie