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Uganda: Further information: Activist author redetained and tortured: Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

Index Number: AFR 59/5175/2022

On 28 December 2021, armed security operatives arrested activist and author Kakwenza Rukirabashaija and held him in incommunicado detention for 13 days before arraigning him in closed court session where he reported that he had been tortured while in detention. His arrest came after he published critical views on social media about President Yoweri Museveni and his son. The authorities must immediately and unconditionally release him as he is being detained solely in connection to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression, which the Ugandan authorities must respect and uphold; this includes the right to express controversial or offensive views.

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