Uganda Communications Communication, government sued over SIM card registration

Kampala, 08th/February/2013; Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) and Legal Brains Trust have sued the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) over illegalities, irregularities and anomalies that have characterized the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM)-card registration exercise. Hearing of the case has been fixed for this month. The duo wants Court to restrain UCC and the Government of Uganda from switching off or deactivating unregistered SIM-cards on 1st March 2013. The registration started in March 2012.

Through Web Advocates & Solicitors, the two organizations have advanced 45 (forty five) reasons justifying their case, among those; (a) that the deadline of 1st March 2013 of is unlawful, (b) that the one year period set by the UCC to implement SIM-card registration was insufficient, (c) that UCC did not carry out structured and satisfactory consultations and awareness-raising campaigns before and during this period and that it did not effectively and efficiently supervise registration process. They argue the process is marred with illegalities, irregularities and anomalies that have violated human rights which must be rectified before the switching off of unregistered SIM-cards. They contend that switching off unregistered subscribers is an excess measure and inconsistent with the Human Rights obligations of government.

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About Human Rights Network For Journalists-Uganda

HRNJ-Uganda was established in 2005 by a group of human rights-minded journalists who developed a sense of activism amidst a deteriorating context due to glaring abuses targeting the media. The network gained formal registration as an independent non-profit and non-partisan media organisation in 2006. The identity of HRNJ-Uganda lies with its diverse membership across the board including the print and electronic media, freelance investigative journalists and individuals from other professions.
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