The Uganda Law Society as set a team consisting of 2700 lawyers to swiftly respond to different detainees in need of representation in this election period.
Speaking at the launch of the report on the State of Human Rights Defenders in Uganda and the 2021 General elections, Pheona Wall the ULS President revealed that during the election period, cases of human rights violations tend to rise
“We have advocates on standby at various police stations in the country ready to handle cases arising from violation of people’s rights,” she said.
Mrs Wall used the meeting to ask President Museveni to appoint the Chairman for Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) so that all people with complaints before the body can get Justice.
Robert Kilenga the Executive Director National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRD -U) asked the defenders to continue with their work regardless of the threats and intimidations from various state actors.
He pointed out that journalists and election observers are at risk than any other group of people to have their rights violated during the election period, and thus asked them to carry out their duties with care.
“We have been able to assist a number of defenders for the past years through a number of ways which include replacing of their equipment, providing legal support, medical support and relocation where necessary.”
The report titled Silencing Defenders revealed that Petroleum and Mining have negatively impacted on the enjoyment of rights and freedoms of people in communities where they were discovered through forceful land grabbing and evictions.
Human Rights Defenders in these regions after insisting on fighting for People’s freedom have been arrested and threatened with death threats, the report noted.