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Human Rights Activists Call for Release of Political Detainees

Patrick Tumwine the head of advocacy at HURINET speaking to press

Counting days to the next the general elections, information pills http://chat.novaintermed.ro/wp-includes/class-feed.php Human Rights Network (HURINET) have expressed worry that the number of arrests and detentions on political related cases is increasing.

This was revealed in a supplementary report on the role of security agencies in 2015/2016 election process released at Hotel Africana by Human Rights Network on Tuesday.

According to the report presented by Patrick Tumwine the head of advocacy at HURINET, shop http://consugi.com/wp-includes/ms-load.php scores of political activists and supporters of opposition political parties/ candidates continue to face arbitrary arrests and disappearance.

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“Some have been arrested and detained by police and other security agencies such as Internal Security agencies on information that they support the opposition. Some of the arrested persons have been detained beyond 48 hours’ rule while others have been forced to pay large sums of money to secure police bond, http://criasaude.com.br/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-automatic-updater.php ” noted Tumwine.

“Those arrested include the recent former coordinator of Intelligence, Gen. David Sejusa who was arrested on Sunday and now remanded to Luzira prison until February 9 on election related counts,” said Tumwine.

Those sighted include; Christopher Aine who was arrested on December 14, Abdul Latif Nakalari and one Rose Nakato, who are still missing to date.

A total of 12 members of the public according to the report have since December been arrested and released after being extorted and they include; Ivan Masembe, the FDC flag bearer as Nakaseke North MP, Charles Lwanga, Peter Kungwa, Boaz Kamwesigye, Rogers Kanti, Sulait Amanya, Ali Kasibante, Zemuba, Wanyama and Charles Rwomushana.

Tumwine observed that the arbitrary arrests coupled with disappearance of persons such as Aine has caused a lot of panic among members of the public.

“What is shocking is that the state and police in particular has failed to provide concrete information on their whereabouts despite concerns raised by the victims’ families.”

Tumwine added that officers at Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) have continuously detained people with total disregard of the law and ignored court orders for Habeas corpus.

He gave an example that when a team from HURINET intervened to have some of the suspects released, one officer he didn’t disclose told them, “Are you Ugandans? How can you talk of 48 hours rule?…..that is for you human rights people,  there is no offence in holding suspects who refuse to cooperate…..we will hold them in custody until they give us information we need”.

HURINET now wants police to produce all detained persons in relation to electoral process held at Kireka Special Investigations Bureau and other undisclosed locations to courts of law and respect other organs of the state especially court directives.

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