Uganda: Sound bites will not end practice of torture in detention

Gory images from Uganda’s torture chambers have gripped the nation. Many are still struggling to fathom why cold-blooded torturers would descend on human beings and unleash such untold horror on them. In response, President Museveni penned a tepid open missive advising police and other law enforcement agencies to cease the use of torture. It has […]

My Day Job

I am used now. I have been at it for years and I’m still counting, the way I count the number of lashes as I rain a hurricane of them on my patients’ buttocks, on their legs, arms, ankles, at their back. I love it at their back because they can’t shield their backs. They […]

Nalufenya: My Quarrel is with Parliament’s Committee on Human Rights

To some, ‘Nalufenya’ is a word that doesn’t glide off the tongue easily, maybe it’s the four syllables? No, maybe it’s the fact that it’s an awry town in Jinja synonymous with Uganda’s very own Abu Ghraib Jail. Nalufenya Police Station sends shivers down spines, especially for those who’ve allegedly suffered at the hands of […]

Gender and Equity Non-Compliance and what it could mean for Uganda

Prin­ci­ples of gen­der and eq­uity are pri­mary to achiev­ing so­cial jus­tice in terms of rights, ac­cess to re­sources or rep­re­sen­ta­tion in de­ci­sion mak­ing for many mar­gin­alised demograph­ics world over. The same prin­ci­ples are fun­da­men­tal to achiev­ing sus­tain­able eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and the gov­ern­ment has not minced its words on its zeal to rrealizemid­dle in­come sta­tus by […]

Could Internal dealing within key Government Institutions be the likely rise of Human Trafficking in Uganda?

Trafficking women for sexual slavery has become the second world ‘lucrative crimes’ after drug trafficking and arms deals with the highest number of women reported to come from Uganda. Uganda is a source and destination country for commercial sexual exploitation. Young girls and women are lured into sex trafficking within East Africa, Europe and Asian […]

Government should address reprisals against human rights defenders

The environment in which Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in Uganda operate is increasingly becoming hostile. This is evident in the twist in attacks with escalating office-break-ins, kidnaps, harassment of civil society organizations and now targeted reprisals to HRDs. This situation becomes worse when the perpetrators involved are state agents such as the police and elements […]