Uganda

Attack on freedom of expression and 44 people arrested for attending LGBTQI engagement

The Constitutional Court delivered a judgement on 2nd July 2021 that stopped the military court from trying civilian suspects. The ruling deems it unconstitutional for civilians to be tried in the military court if they are not subject to the military system. The court ordered the transfer to the civil court of all civilian cases being tried in the military court, and for the transfer of all persons serving a sentence imposed by the military court to the High Court Criminal Division for retrial. On 15th July 2021, the Supreme Court granted an interim order suspending the implementation of the Constitutional Court order. The Supreme Court will decide on the case on 29th July 2021, when the temporary order lapses. Read more

Attack on freedom of expression and 44 people arrested for attending LGBTQI engagement

Turbulent election period sees attacks on opposition, internet shutdown and police violence.

Opposition leaders face attacks, arbitrary arrests and detention, ahead of and after January 2021 elections; Civil society efforts to monitor elections stifled by authorities; Election-related protests and rallies violently dispersed; Journalists targeted with violence by authorities; Internet, social media accounts shut down ahead of elections Read more

Turbulent election period sees attacks on opposition, internet shutdown and police violence.

Tightening restrictions on freedom of speech ahead of presidential election

Ugandan Communications Commission issues a public notice stating that anyone wishing to publish information online needs to be issued with a licence; New draft regulations to require comedy performers to sign a code of ethics and have their scripts approved by a committee; Protesters supporting opposition party NUP dispersed and arrested; Read more

Tightening restrictions on freedom of speech ahead of presidential election

Continued rights violations reported throughout COVID-19 lockdown and run up to national elections

Reports have continued to emerge from Uganda concerning rights violations as a result of the measures imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19., and as the country gears up for the next general elections. Protesters have been forcefully dispersed while demonstrating over loss of livelihood during the lockdown. Opposition members arrested and attacked for mobilising food assistance in light of COVID-19, while journalists, comedians and musicians have been charged for content touching on politicians. Read more

Continued rights violations reported throughout COVID-19 lockdown and run up to national elections

Dissidents prosecuted and journalists harassed while covering COVID-19 restrictions

General Henry Tumukunde, a former general planning to run for the presidency in Uganda, arrested, detained and charged for treason; Journalists beaten by security forces while covering COVID 19 curfew responses; Rights group calls on Ugandan government to ensure the right to an effective remedy for Dr. Stella Nyanzi for wrongful conviction; Uganda’s Constitutional Court rules that Sections of the Public Order Management Act (POMA) (2013) illegal and unconstitutional; LGBTIQ community stigmatised amid Coronavirus outbreak Read more

Dissidents prosecuted and journalists harassed while covering COVID-19 restrictions

Over 12000 NGOs ordered to stop operations, LGBTIQ community face increasing attacks

More than 12,000 charities ordered to stop their operations; attacks on the LGBTIQ community in Uganda intensify; police detain opposition leader and former president of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Kizza Besigye; police fire tear gas at journalists protesting against police abuse in Kampala; security operatives storm and ransack the office of the opposition FDC party Read more

Over 12000 NGOs ordered to stop operations, LGBTIQ community face increasing attacks

Journalists attacked, CSO event raided by authorities

Rwandans and Ugandan civil society file lawsuits following border restrictions and harassment, Opposition party leader Bobi Wine speaks to human rights defenders in Chicago, Government ordered to compensate family of tortured man, IDAHOT event raided by authorities, Coalition of HRDs protest abuses, Journalists attacked in line of duty, Journalist charged withfor criminal libel, Investigations link government to spying on opposition members, while in positive news; Journalist and HRD receive human rights awards. Read more

Journalists attacked, CSO event raided by authorities

Protests banned and journalists Attacked as Popular Opposition MP Returns

Bobi wine returns to the country, amidst a ban on protests. CSOs raise concerns over increased office break ins with no conclusive investigations. Journalists continue to bear the brunt of police brutality. Read more

Protests banned and journalists Attacked as Popular Opposition MP Returns