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Uganda: Ongwen's war crimes conviction by ICC represents long overdue justice

Ongwen was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity including forcing children to fight for the Lord's Resistance Army (child victim's depiction, pictured)

Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group commander Dominic Ongwen today convicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity ‘We hope this decision provides… redress for the 4,000 victims who participated in the case and who can now receive reparations for their suffering’ - Seif Magango Following today’s International Criminal Court (ICC) conviction of Dominic Ongwen, a former commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in northern Uganda, Seif Magango, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, said: “We hope this

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Global: Fresh evidence of police misuse of tear gas - updated investigative website

Ongoing tear gas misuse leading to protesters’ deaths and injuries Website details more than 100 incidents in 31 countries and territories “The ongoing misuse of tear gas by police forces around the world is reckless and dangerous” – Patrick Wilcken Amnesty International has today published new evidence of the misuse of tear gas by security forces in several countries in the second half of 2020, including during protests around the election in Uganda, the Black Lives Matter movement in the USA, and in the repression of protesters in Lebanon. The organisation’s interactive website Tear Gas: An

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Uganda: Authorities must lift social media block that violates human rights

Ugandan authorities to suspend social media networks including Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp Shutdown a violation of the right to freedom of expression and access to information Uganda has blocked access to social media platforms in attempts to “silence” government critics ahead of the country’s elections, Amnesty said today. On 9 January, Facebook shut down dozens of pro-government accounts claiming they were “fake and duplicate accounts” and on 12 January, Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, accused Facebook and others of interfering with the electoral process. On the same day, the

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Activist arrested for criticising the president

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija
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Kakwenza Rukirabashaija is a Ugandan author and law student popularly known for his new book, "Greedy Barbarians”, that criticizes President Yoweri Museveni and his family. He has also authored an opinion piece titled “Uganda perhaps needs own brand of democracy called 'Musevenocrazy'”. In this piece he wrote that President Museveni is the worst president that Uganda has ever had. 

He is also a political activist linked to the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party and is lined up to stand for the Member of Parliament seat for Rubabo Constituency in the next general election.

He has also been documenting cases of police killings and brutality during the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown in Uganda.

The Government of Uganda has previously used repressive laws such as the Computer Misuse Act 2011 and practices such as arbitrary arrest and detention to systematically harass, intimidate and stifle its critics. Many restrictions have been placed on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly of political opposition members, journalists, human rights defenders, activists and students because they are perceived as a threat to the government.

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Uganda: reintroduction of 'kill the gays' bill is outrageous

LGBTI people in Uganda have been put at extreme risk after an upsurge in anti-LGBTI rhetoric from politicians © ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images

Call on Ugandan Parliament to ‘resoundingly reject’ legislation ‘This is going to fire up more hatred in an already homophobic environment’ - Joan Nyanyuki Responding to remarks earlier today from Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo, indicating that the Ugandan Government intends to introduce the death penalty for same-sex sexual acts in a so-called “kill the gays” bill, Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s East Africa Director, said: “It is outrageous that instead of the Ugandan Government taking urgent steps to decriminalise gay sex, they want gay people executed.

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Uganda: Academic found guilty of cyber harassment of president after Facebook post

Dr Stella Nyanzi
Dr Stella Nyanzi © Amnesty International

‘The mere fact that forms of expression are considered insulting to a public figure is not sufficient ground to penalise anyone’ - Joan Nyanyuki Stella Nyanzi, a prominent Ugandan academic, has been found guilty of cyber harassment of the country’s president for posting a poem on Facebook last year. Nyanzi was arrested on 2 November last year after posting a birthday poem for President Yoweri Museveni. In May of this year she appeared in court to answer charges of cyber harassment and offensive communication, but was acquitted of the latter charge. Since her arrest, she has been repeatedly

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Urgent Action correction: Apaa communities attacked, forcibly evicted

Rangers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority have been carrying out forced evictions of communities in the Apaa area.

Correction to 1st update on UA 96/18 issued 30/04/2019

Urgent Action update: APAA communities attacked and forcibly evicted

Rangers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority have been carrying out forced evictions of communities in the Apaa area.

1st update on UA 96/18 issued 30/04/2019

Uganda: Authorities must set Bobi Wine free and drop fabricated treason charges

The Ugandan authorities must drop what appear to be trumped-up treason charges against opposition member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, and immediately stop their brutal crackdown on opposition politicians and supporters, Amnesty International said today. Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, said: “In addition to Bobi Wine, 33 others have been charged with treason in connection with the clashes that took place between supporters of the ruling party and the opposition. This appears to be little more than a witch hunt designed to silence

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Urgent Action: Opposition politician detained in Uganda; signs of torture

Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, a Ugandan singer turned politician was arrested and later charged.

UA 154/18 issued 17/08/2018
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