Torture-related abuses on increase – Rights body

UHRC acting Chairperson Agaba Muguru before MPs. Photo by Rogers Okwany
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The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has named the police force, army and their affiliate organs as the worst human rights offenders in its 2011 report.The report which was presented before the Human Rights Committee of parliament registered a 55% increase in torture-related abuses from 2010. This represents an increase from 276 to 428 cases in a spell of one year.

According to UHRC’s head of the Right to Health Unit, Patricia Nduru, human rights abuses by security forces were 57% of the 1,231 violations registered.

These were in the form of what UHRC termed as torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, detention of suspects beyond the constitutional 48 hours before they are arraigned in courts of law and unlawful arrest or detention.

MPs heard that the report was premised on a visit to over 900 detention facilities around the country.

Complaints against police and the army, all related to torture, were 457 and 151 respectively.

Reacting to the report findings, police spokesperson, Judith Nabakoba faulted UHRC for highlighting generalities instead of noting specific incidents where police officers have been involved in human rights abuses.

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