UN Cautions Uganda on Police Brutality

FDC flag bearer Col Kizza Besigye being arrested at his home on Thursday

The United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [OHCHR] has strongly cautioned government and the Uganda Police against misinterpreting the Public Order Management law to restrain the freedoms and rights of citizens especially those who politically disagree with government.

OHCHR Country Representative Uchenna Emelonye, this try raised concerns in a document issued today about Uganda Police’s excessive use of force when dealing with opposition politicians.

He highlighted the highly publicized recent incident at Kanyaryeru along the Mbarara-Masaka road where about 10 members of the opposition FDC were brutally arrested by the police.

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“Of particular concern to us are the allegations that a woman was publicly stripped by police officers as she was being arrested, erectile ” he said.

The UN office demanded that government launches an independent investigation into this and other incidents and holds the implicated officers accountable in line with the 2012 Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act.

Emelonye also said his office was independently monitoring this incident and reminded government that similar concerns had been raised by the Human Rights Commission, Uganda Law Society and a myriad of other civil society organizations about the incident.

The UN’s response comes a day after FDC revealed that it tasked its envoys to submit a comprehensive report about the police abuses to the United Nations.

The Party spokesperson Hon Semujju Nganda told reporters in Najjanankumbi on Monday that he party was seeking UN’s intervention before Uganda’s situation disintegrates to that of Kenya in 2007.

Government recently revealed that investigations into the matter had commenced to bring the impacted officers to book.

According to media reports, Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura promised to meet with Fatuma Naigaga, the activist who was stripped.



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