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Uganda to Defend self against Violations Accusations :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Uganda to Defend self against Violations Accusations

The East African court of Justice has given Uganda two weeks to defend itself against violating the rights of protests during the walk to work protests.

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The East African court of Justice has given Uganda two weeks to defend itself against allegations of human rights violations during the walk to work protests. Uganda was dragged to the East African Court of Justice mid this year by the East African Law Society following the brutal arrest of oppositon leader Kiiza Besigye for his involvement in the walk to work protests.

 

 

The protests were organized by Activists for Change; a political pressure group to express dissatisfaction over the government failure to address the high commodity and fuel prices. However, the peaceful protests were brutally crushed by government agencies leading to violent clashes with protestors. Now, the East African Bar Association wants Peter Nyombi, Attorney general and Secretary General of the East African Community to as first and second respondent respectively.

The petitioners contend that the arrest of peaceful protestors by government security agencies was a violation of their constitutional rights and freedom of movement and associations to work in protest. They argue that Police, Military and State Agencies under the direction of the agents of Government committed acts which amount to an affront to the independence of the Judiciary while promoting State-inspired impunity of human rights violation in breach of the treaty.

The Law Society represented by Otiendo Amollo and Alex Mugongolwa submitted that the actions of the Government constituted violations of several Articles 12,21,24 and 29 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda , Articles 6(d) and 7(2) of the EAC Treaty, and Articles 3,4,5,6,9,11 and 28 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

 

 

But Phillip Mwaka, the Principal State Attorney in Attorney General’s chambers however defends government of Uganda’s actions saying the petitioners made sweeping allegations with enough evidence making it hard for Attorney General to respond. The East African Court of Justice is also scheduled to hear an application filed by Democratic Party’s Fred Mukasa Mbidde challenging the conduct of elections of Members of East African Legislative Assembly.

 

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