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Compensate All Torture Victims – UHRC Urges Government

Uganda Human Rights Commission Chairperson Hajji Medi Kaggwa has called upon the government of Uganda to speed up the process of compensating all victims of human rights violation.

Addressing press at the commission offices in Kampala yesterday, Kaggwa expressed concern over government’s delay to pay the victims, which has led the amount they owe government to raise to 5 billion shillings

“The Ministry of Finance should fast track payment of compensation awards ordered for torture survivors by both Uganda Human Rights Commission’s tribunal courts and the mainstream courts of law,” he said.

Kaggwa says on several occasions the president has written to the Finance Ministry ordering them to pay people whose rights have been trampled upon but these ordered are ignored.

” Most of these people are seeking compensation ranging from one million shillings upwards and they need the money for their treatment ”

He added that many of the victims have passed away pushing for this money

This year on 26th June 2019, Uganda will join the rest of the world in celebrating the UN Anti-torture day which will be marked with a number of events.

The activities will include peaceful procession on the main date in Arua by African Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture victims (ACTV) as well as in Kotido district and Karamoja sub region.

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Herbert Samuel Nsubuga the Chief Executive officer (CEO) for African Center for treatment and rehabilitation of torture victims says every year they register over 1000 cases with 80% of them being from Ugandans.

“We call upon all torture victims to report their matters to Uganda Human Rights Commission which later refers their cases to us for treatment at no cost ” Nsubuga said.

 

 

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