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Uganda: Gatherings of Three or More People Without Prior Police Approval Outlawed

(Aug. 14, 2013) On August 6, 2013, Uganda’s 388-member unicameral Parliament passed the Public Order Management Bill, 2011 (POMB), which, among other measures, mandates police approval of “public meetings” involving at least three people. (Uganda Public Order Bill Is ‘Blow to Political Debate,’ BBC NEWS (Aug. 6, 2013), Parliament of the Republic of Uganda website […]

Uganda: Women Judges Voice Concern over Domestic Violence

(July 8, 2013) On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, 2013).) The President of the National Association of Women Judges-Uganda (NAWJU), Stella Arach Amoko, attributed this in part to […]

Uganda; United Nations: Mobile Courts Program Launched

(Apr. 18, 2013) On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country’s government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Refugee Law Project (of the School of Law of Uganda’s Makerere University), and the Uganda Human Rights Council. The program’s […]

Uganda: Media Law Passed

(Sept. 12, 2012) Uganda’s Parliament recently passed a new media law, the Uganda Communications Act 2012, and created a “contents committee” to review complaints submitted about the contents of various media, including broadcasting, cinema, telecommunications, postal services, and video libraries . The committee will have a chair and four members, all appointed for terms of […]

Uganda: Proposal to Re-Introduce Presidential Term Limits

(Apr. 25, 2012) It was reported on April 17, 2012, that a group of Members of the Parliament of Uganda, led by MP Gerald Karuhanga, are preparing to move a motion aimed at amending the Constitution and re-instating presidential term limits. (Proposed Bill to Prevent Museveni's Next Presidential Bid, RADIO ONE (Apr. 17, 2012).) Uganda […]

Uganda: Parliament Considering Petroleum Bill

(Feb. 10, 2012) On February 8, 2012, the Ugandan government tabled the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill, 2012, which, if enacted, will give effect to § 244 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995 (Text, Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Washington, D.C. website (last visited Feb. 9, 2012)) and replace […]

Uganda: Bill Criminalizing HIV/AIDS Transmission Advances in Parliament

(July 20, 2011) It was reported on July 14, 2011, that Uganda's 332-member unicameral Parliament (Parliament website, last visited July 18, 2011) is close to passing the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill, a private member's bill that seeks, among other things, to criminalize intentional transmission of HIV/AIDS. (Mercy Nalugo, Ugandan Lawmakers Okay HIV/AIDS Bill, DAILY […]

Uganda: Government Brings Treason Charges Against Six Opposition Supporters

(June 29, 2011) Reuters reported on June 28, 2011, that the Ugandan government has brought six individuals, said to be opposition supporters, before a court in Kampala on treason charges. (Elias Biryabarema, Uganda Charges Six with Treason for Rebel Recruitment, REUTERS (June 28, 2011).) Speaking to a reporter, Police Director of Criminal Investigations Edward Ochom […]

East African Community; Kenya; Uganda: Lawyers Sue over Rights Violations

(June 10, 2011) In late May 2011, lawyers from the East Africa Law Society (EALS) filed several suits with the East African Court of Justice in Arusha, Tanzania, against the Kenyan and Ugandan governments and the East African Community (EAC). (Zephania Ubwani, Kenya and Uganda Govts Sued in Arusha, THE CITIZEN (May 31, 2011).) The […]

Uganda: Human Rights Watch Finds Ongoing Use of Torture, Illegal Detention

(Mar. 25, 2011) On March 23, 2011, Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report documenting how the Government of Uganda, through its Rapid Response Unit under the Ugandan police, routinely practices illegal detention and torture, and sometimes extrajudicial killing, of citizens. The RRU, established in 2007 to investigate violent crime, “often subjects suspects to vicious […]