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Batwa community complain of extortion and torture by UPDF soldiers

Rubanda, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda People Defense Force-UPDF soldiers deployed to guard Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Kashasha parish in Bufundi sub-county of Rubanda district are being accused of extortion and aggravated torture against the Batwa community. Batwa is a semi-nomadic ‘pygmy’ tribe that lived in the jungles …

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Court rejects gov’t defense in MP Zaake’s compensation case

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | High Court has rejected government’s defense in a suit in which Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Zaake is seeking compensation for torture inflicted on him in state custody. Civil Division High Court Judge Esta Nambayo rejected the evidence on Wednesday morning after the …

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UPDF officers sentenced for torturing civilians

Mbarara, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The second division Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF Court martial sitting in Mbarara district has convicted six soldiers for torture and sentenced them to six months in jail. They are Lt. Denis Gumisiriza, Sgt Francis Ethiano, Corporal Paul Mukyansi, Corporal Kolo Mwanze, Private Ismail Muchunguzi, and …

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Zimbabwe opposition trio deny lying over abduction and torture

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | A Zimbabwean opposition lawmaker and two activists have denied charges they lied to police about being abducted and tortured last month, their lawyer said, as the women were remanded in custody. Movement for Democratic Change Alliance MP Joana Mamombe and party youth assembly activists Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova were …

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MP Zaake injured himself – Obiga Kania

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Government has blamed Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Zaake for injuries on his body which he says are testimony of torture inflicted on him by security officers while in detention. Obiga Kania, the Minister of State for Internal Affairs told Parliament that it is …

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Police must account for MP Zaake’s torture- Kadaga

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has tasked Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Jeje Odongo to explain to the House circumstances under which the Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake was tortured in police custody. Zaake was transferred from Kiruddu Hospital to Rubaga Hospital last week …

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12 police officers arrested for alleged torture in Lango

Lango, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | 12 police officers have been arrested in Lango sub-region for allegedly torturing and extorting money from civilians during the implementation of the curfew. Three officers arrested from Otuke district include the OC Station Ogwete Police outpost Julius Ocen, Patrick Ameny and constable Boniface Owiny. …

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14 security officers arrested for excessive use of force

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A joint security task team of senior UPDF and UPF officers is investigating the alleged aggravated torture of several women and a few men who were being accused of flouting curfew orders and the ban on public spaces. The incident occurred on the 2nd /4/2020, …

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Complaint filed with UN over Burundi ‘reprisals’ on lawyers

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | A legal complaint against Burundi was filed with a UN rights body on Thursday, over punitive actions taken against lawyers and activists who cooperated with a UN review of the country’s rights record. The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) filed a complaint with the United Nations Committee against Torture …

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