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IT experts, security analysts raise red flag on vehicle tracking plan

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Security and information technology experts have raised fears over the forceful and uncontrolled tracking devices to be installed in all public and private vehicles, motorcycles and water vessels in the country. Security Minister Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi last month announced that the government had decided …

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New UHRC chairperson, commissioners pledge swift investigations

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The newly appointed Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) chairperson, Mariam Wangadya has committed to ensuring quick investigations for cases of human rights violations. Wangadya made the comments shortly after appearing before the Appointments Committee of Parliament for vetting. The committee approved Wangadya together with four …

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LASPNET launches campaign to combat increasing GBV cases

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Legal Aid Service Provider’s Network-LASPNET has rolled out a community-legal watch brief campaign aimed at combating the increasing cases of Gender-Based Violence-GBV in Mukono, Buikwe and Kayunga districts. The campaign funded by European Union will run for a period of two years at a …

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Police officers using excessive force should face trial in court – IGP

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Police Court will no longer try any police officer accused of using excessive force during operations. This is according to new directives issued by the Inspector General of Police Martin Ochola. In response to President Yoweri Museveni’s address where he condemned individual security officers …

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Human Rights Commission in financial crisis

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Human Rights Commission-UHRC is battling a financial crisis. The commission which is mandated with promoting human rights in the country lacks funds to conduct investigations into human rights violations, carry out education on human rights and conduct staff training. Dr. Patricia Achan, one of …

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Does the state kill its own cases by torturing suspects?

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Last week, five suspects who were arrested over the attempted assassination of former Chief of Defense Forces Gen Edward Katumba Wamala and double murder of his daughter and driver, appeared at Nakawa Magistrates Court seemingly in pain from injuries sustained while in custody of government …

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Mabirizi challenges Museveni’s oral directives on Covid-19

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | City lawyer Male Mabirizi has petitioned the High Court in Kampala seeking a declaration that the orders issued by President Yoweri Museveni imposing a lockdown violate fundamental human rights enshrined in the constitution. According to Mabirizi, several statements and speech orders by President Museveni communicated …

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Putin lashes out at U.S. after meeting with Biden

Geneva, Switzerland | Xinhua | Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday lashed out at the United States on arms control, human rights, cyber-attacks, among other issues, after “constructive” talks with his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden. “As for the general assessment, I believe there was no hostility at all,” Putin said during …

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Karamoja leaders want second disarmament peaceful and inclusive

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Leaders from Karamoja have called for an inclusive disarmament process where the UPDF should involve elected and religious leaders, civil society and community leaders in order to minimize cases of human rights abuses. During the first disarmament process that ushered in a window of peace …

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