The United Nations Commission for Human Rights on Wednesday asked the government of Uganda to swiftly investigate allegations of human rights violations following the incidents that transpired in Arua on 13th August which led to the detention of 33 people including legislators.
Speaking at the UN headquarters in Geneva Switzerland, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein expressed deep concern about the Arua incidents.
He said his office has received reports about the clash between security agents and opposition supporters of Kasiano Wadri and Kyadondo East member of Parliament Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine which involved death of a one Kawuma Yasin.
He said he is particularly concerned by reports that law enforcement agencies tortured Bobi Wine and others while in detention.
Zeid also said that he received accounts of killings, ill treatment and arrests of persons by law enforcement agents during protests against the above mentioned arrests.
“I urge the government of Uganda to conduct a thorough independent and impartial investigation into the similar human rights allegations of extra judicial killings, excessive use of force, torture and other forms of ill treatment and bring to justice those responsible,” he said.
The commissioner added that it is absolutely essential for the government to do the right thing and to also make sure that there is no further use of excessive force.
The government of Uganda as per Thursday 30th of August has not yet responded to the High Commissioner’s remarks.