29 May 2010

Amnesty International Annual Report Addresses Human Rights Issues in Uganda

Amnesty International issued its annual report a few days ago. The introductory summary to the entry on Uganda reads as follows:
Law enforcement officials were not held to account for human rights violations including unlawful killings, torture and other ill-treatment. The government attacked freedom of expression and press freedom. Despite a high prevalence of gender based violence, there was little progress in bringing perpetrators to justice and implementing long promised legislative reforms. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people continued to face discrimination and other human rights violations, and a draft law threatened to further entrench discrimination against them. Death sentences were passed; there were no executions.
In the discussion of Uganda and the International Criminal Court, the report notes that President Yoveri Museveni stated in July and October2009 that Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Al Bashir, against whom the ICC issued an arrest warrant in March 2009, could visit Uganda. Sudan can of course attend the Review Conference with observer status, on the same basis as States like the United States, but it is not expected the President Al Bashir will attend in person.
According to the recent quinquennial report of the United Nations on the status of capital punishment in the world, Uganda has not actually conducted an execution since 2006.

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