UGANDA: UN urged Uganda to stop election crackdown

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In the five weeks since electoral campaigns began on 9 November, dozens of people have been killed in election-related violence in Uganda UN human rights experts on Tuesday urged Uganda to immediately stop the brutal crackdown on the political opposition which began in the lead-up to January’s general elections and intensified after the disputed vote.

“We are particularly alarmed by the reports of widespread and continued repression against opposition leaders and their supporters,” the experts said.

“More than 50 people have been killed as a result of the brutal policing methods, including the use of live ammunition fired without warning, and at least 20 others have lost their lives in incidents linked to the electoral context.”

Veteran ruler Yoweri Museveni was declared winner of the election in which the campaigning period was dominated by episodes of violence and a bloody crackdown on opposition rallies.

They urged Kampala to investigate and prosecute all human rights violations, including allegations of extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrest and detention, enforced disappearance, torture and ill treatment.

Human rights organizations have documented dozens of missing people in the East African country.

Bobi Wine’s party, the National Unity Platform (NUP) in March released a list of 243 people -mostly activists – it said had been abducted by security forces.

Some of those who were released said they were tortured and later dumped in isolated areas in the night.

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