Government Should Apprehend Security Officers Who Shot Civilians


The executive director and head of programs manager for the African center for treatment and rehabilitation of torture victims (ACTV) are tasking government to apprehend all security officers who exceeded the use of reasonable force and tortured unarmed citizens who were caught up in the demonstrations and prosecute them as the relevant laws of Uganda.

Addressing a news conference today at their offices in Kampala, Samuel Herbert Nsubuga and Esther Nabwire state that such acts by security forces against unarmed civilians contravene the laws of Uganda and cannot go unpunished.

They also remind the members of the public to responsibly exercise their rights as they hold the demonstrations and avoid provoking security officers to avert likely excessive use of force.

The torture and rehabilitation center is also asking those who were tortured to report to its offices for assistance.

The activists are gravely concerned with the extent to which the men in uniform have blatantly violated the right to freedom from torture, cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment as provided for in Article 24 and 44 of the constitution of Uganda.

The demonstration which happened across the country claimed over 40 lives and hundreds seriously injured and hospitalized as supporters of the national unity platform presidential candidate Hon. Ssentamu Robert Kyagulanyi were demanding for his release from Nalufenya.

Kyagulanyi was brutally arrested from Luuka district by security forces where he had gone to canvas for votes.


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