UGANDA: Police remains top violator of human rights – UHRC

UGANDA: Police remains top violator of human rights – UHRC
Uganda's security forces have been accused of shooting live ammunition and firing tear gas at opposition protesters. COURTESY PHOTO/REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Uganda Police still tops the list of human rights violators, according to the 20th report of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) released Friday, June 8, 2018 morning in Kampala.

The Police, with 419 cases recorded against it in 2017, was followed by private individuals with 210 complaints and Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) with 44. The Cases against the police, however, show a decline in violations from the 620 that was recorded the previous year.

The report shows that there were 25 complaints filed against the Uganda Prisons Service with, 15 against private companies, 11 against local governments, seven against education institutions and four against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) law enforcers. In total, the Uganda Human Rights commission recorded 682 complaints during the year.

Med Ssozi Kaggwa, the Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission told journalists Friday morning that most of the rights violations relate to the deprivation of rights to personal liberty, deprivation of the right to life, and deprivation of property.

According to the report, Hoima district had the highest number of complaints relating to persons detained beyond the required 48 hours, while most complaints of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment was recorded in the central region.

Kaggwa faults the Uganda Police Force for continually delaying investigations, non-issuance of police bond to suspects and torturing suspects.