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Opposition condemns Uganda’s clampdown on UN rights office

• February 13, 2023
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UGANDAN OPPOSITION FIGURES, BOBI WINE

Uganda’s move to close the UN local human rights office has drawn strong criticism from opposition leaders and activists, who argued it highlights the country’s worsening record on civil liberties.

The government told the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) that it would not renew the mandate of its office in the east African country, effectively expelling the rights monitors.

The office was set up in 2006 and has highlighted widespread rights violations, including torture, illegal detentions and failure by the state to prosecute offenders.

The government said in a letter to OHCHR the UN presence was no longer necessary because of the progress it made in developing the domestic capacity to monitor human rights compliance, including the emergence of a strong civil society.

However, President Yoweri Museveni’s critics begged to differ.

“The regime in Uganda should be isolated by all democracy-seeking people,” Bobi Wine, a pop star-turned-politician who heads the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP), said in response to a question about the government’s decision.

During the last presidential election in January 2021, he finished runner-up to Mr Museveni, gun-toting security officers tear-gassed and baton-whipped people protesting against brutality by security forces.

The pop star, who alleged the final result was massively rigged, was arrested several times during the campaign.

Okello Oryem, state minister for foreign affairs, told Reuters the UN rights office had come to Uganda to monitor rights violations during the war in the country’s north, which ended nearly two decades ago.

“Now that the war is finished, there’s no more relevance of that office,” he said.

OHCHR had declined to comment on the government’s decision.

Livingstone Sewanyana, who heads the Uganda Human Rights Foundation, rejected the government’s justification for closing the office.

“For the last couple of years, the civic space has been shrinking,” he said.

(Reuters/NAN)

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