Uganda

Protests and arrests as the president mulls amending age limits in constitution

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ruled for more than 30 years now, creating a situation in which critical voices and opposition political parties operate in an environment of fear and repression. As 72-year old Museveni attempts to extend his rule over the country by abolishing age limits for presidents to campaign and be elected, civic groups and the opposition have mobilised to counter the president's plans to potentially prolong his hold on power. The authorities and police, in turn, have reacted with severe suppression of such actions, meetings and mobilisations perceived as a threat to Museveni's continued reign. Read more

Protests and arrests as the president mulls amending age limits in constitution

HRD killed and journalists attacked by Ugandan People's Defence Forces

On the evening of 23rd June 2017, officers of the Uganda Police Force and Uganda People’s Defence Forces killed human rights defender Irumba Erasmus, coordinator of the activities of the Twerwaneho Listeners’ Club (TLC) in Rwebisengo District, and his friend Vide Kanyoro in an extra-judicial killing. Read more

HRD killed and journalists attacked by Ugandan People's Defence Forces

Journalists arrested for World Press Freedom Day procession in Kampala

On 3rd May 2017, eight journalists were detained for holding a march to commemorate World Press Freedom Day. Read more

Journalists arrested for World Press Freedom Day procession in Kampala

Ugandan journalists, writers still being targeted

In Uganda, attacks against journalists remain a major issue and the legal system does not always ensure their protection. Read more

Ugandan journalists, writers still being targeted

LGBTI activists, protestors and journalists targeted in Uganda

In August, LGBTI Pride celebrations were postponed as police shut down a beauty pageant and arrested several activists. Read more

LGBTI activists, protestors and journalists targeted in Uganda

Police brutality on the rise in Uganda

Police use excessive force including batons and force to disrupt an LGBTI gathering and opposition demonstrations. Read more

Civil society organisations targetted through break-ins

Civic Space has worsened of late in Uganda as an LGBTI organisation was refused registration, the offices of three CSOs were broken into in the space of two months and to register an LGBTI the freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression were heavily restricted during the February 2016 election period. Read more

Expression in Uganda

Uganda has one of the more vibrant media environments in the region; however, in practice the government restricts the exercise of the right to free expression, using intimidation and attacks against independent journalists and tactics that close spaces for a plural and diverse media. Read more

Peaceful Assembly in Uganda

Although a constitutionally protected right, the authorities have violently supressed peaceful demonstrations and police have routinely arrested protesters, especially in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Read more

Association in Uganda

In January 2016, the president signed the Non-Governmental Organisations Act into law. Read more