Uganda: The failure to safeguard human rights

Index Number: AFR 59/005/1992

This report examines the human rights record of the NRM government which came to power in 1986, after 20 years of gross human rights violations by previous governments. Despite some improvements regarding human rights, which are noted here, it concludes that arbitrary arrest, illegal detention, torture (including rape) and summary executions by government forces continue to be reported and that the perpetrators are rarely brought to justice. Goverment critics, e.g. political leaders and newspaper editors, have been charged with offences such as sedition or treason, apparently for political reasons. These violations occur in a context of insurgencies by rebels in the north and east of Uganda; the report includes accounts of alleged atrocities by armed opposition groups.

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