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We Act Independently – Uganda Human Rights Commission Boss Insists

Hajji Medi Kaggwa, the Chairperson Uganda Human Rights Commission has come out with assurance to the public, not to fear reporting to them cases involving violation of their rights with the view that they are acting under some people’s influence.

In his remarks at the launch of 2018 State of Human rights report at Golf Course Hotel, Kaggwa emphasized that the commission is an independent body which performs its duties without any body’s interference as many people allege.

On implementation of recommendations of their previous reports, Kaggwa pointed out that there is more noticeable progress compared to the past.

At the launch, the Principle Judge Yorokamu Bamwine advised all individuals whose rights have been violated not to sit back but to petition court at all levels for remedies under the newly signed law.

“I am happy to report that as early as 31st March 2019 the president signed on the new Human Rights Enforcement Act 2019,” he said.

Under this new law he said, any detained suspect, whom court finds that his non delegable rights have been infringed upon, the judicial officer will declare the trial a nullity and the accused will be released regardless of the evidence pinning him or her on the charges.

Lord mayor Erias Lukwago one of the guests at the launch of this report asked the commission to put in place measures which ensures that all recommendations in their reports are implemented by the concerned parties

In this year’s report the cases of detention without trial were found to have risen from 290 in 2017 to 323 cases in 2018. Uganda Police had 296 cases while UPDF had 14 cases

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The cases involving violation of media rights also rose and included torture, arrests and detention of journalists on top of which many security officers were captured on camera assaulting journalists.

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