With due respects, we introduce to you, our multi-sectoral assembly composed of human rights groups, artists, the Law Society of Kenya and other East African citizens of good will who are deeply concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Uganda.
Our attention has been drawn to the egregious acts of human rights violations in various parts of Uganda since 13 August events in the Arua municipality region of northern Uganda following a bitter altercation between the ruling party and opposition supporters, during the Arua Municipality election.
The Ugandan security authorities on 14 August arrested five opposition lawmakers (who are critics of President Yoweri Museveni), two journalists and 28 other people. Of the five lawmakers and of importance is Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine). Hon. Kyagulayi was arrested. Allegedly tortured and later charged in a military court in Gulu with the offence of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition. The other legislators arrested and charged are; Hon. Kassiano Wadri, an independent candidate who won the by-election in Arua, Hon. Gerald Karuhanga, Hon. Paul Mwiru and Hon. Francis Zaake. Lawmakers Hon. Karuhanga, Hon. Mwiru and Hon. Wadri were charged with treason and other offences alongside the 30-other co-accused in a magistrate’s court in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu on 16 August 2018.