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Uganda: Court Issues Ruling That May Force 70 MPs to Lose Their Seats

(Feb. 7, 2011) On February 1, 2011, the Ugandan Constitutional Court issued a ruling that may force 70 of the 332-member unicameral Ugandan Parliament to vacate their seats. The ruling found it unconstitutional for an MP to switch party affiliations without vacating his/her office. (Ephraim Kasozi, 70 MPs Must Lose Seats, Orders Court, DAILY NATION […]

Uganda: Court Rules Leaking of Homosexuals’ Identity by Media Unlawful

(Jan. 4, 2011) In what rights groups are already calling a landmark ruling, on December 30, 2010, the Ugandan High Court at Kampala ruled that media outlets may not publish information exposing individuals' identity as homosexuals (Uganda Court Ruling Stops Media from Leaking Gay Identities, MALTATODAY (Dec. 3, 2011), http://tinyurl.com/343sjd9). This ruling comes in response […]

Ghana; Uganda: Ban on Importation of Used Appliances

(Oct. 12, 2010) On September 28, 2010, the 332-member unicameral Ugandan Parliament passed the Finance (Amendment) Bill 2010 which, among other things, bans the import of used electronics and appliances (including refrigerators, freezers, computers, and television sets) and imposes stringent limitations on the import, manufacture, and sale of plastic bags (House Approves Ban on Importation […]

Uganda: Draft Law on Public Gatherings Criticized

(Oct. 4, 2010) Uganda's proposed law, the Public Order Management Bill, has been criticized by a number of legislators and by civil society organizations as limiting civil liberties, as well as being counter to a recent Constitutional Court ruling. Sheila Muwanga of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative stated she felt it was “suspicious that […]

Uganda: Terror Charges Against Pakistanis Dismissed

(Sept. 29, 2010) On September 23, 2010, in Uganda, the Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court released two men from Pakistan who had been in custody in the case of the July 11, 2010, bombings in Kampala. Seventy-six people died and many others were injured in the bombing during a World Cup soccer match. The two men […]

Uganda: Government Urged to Enact Bill on Prohibition of Torture

(Sept. 28, 2010) The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak, recently called upon the Ugandan government to enact the Prohibition and Prevention of Torture Bill, 2009 (Milton Olupot, UN Expert Wants Torture Bill Passed, THE NEW VISION (Sept. 26, 2010), http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/13/733209). Similar appeals were made in 2009 by the African Union (AU) Human […]

Uganda: 167 Inmates on Death Row Get Breaks on Sentences

(Sept. 15, 2010) It was reported on September 13, 2010, that 167 inmates who have been on death row in the Ugandan prison system for over three years have had their sentences reduced to life imprisonment, in accordance with a ruling handed down last year by the Ugandan Supreme Court, the highest court in the […]

Uganda: Penal Code Provisions on Sedition Declared Unconstitutional

(Aug. 30, 2010) On August 25, 2010, a five-judge panel of the Ugandan Constitutional Court, by a unanimous decision, declared the provisions of the Ugandan Penal Code Act (§§39 & 40) on sedition unconstitutional and therefore void. The Government plans to appeal the matter to the Supreme Court, the highest court in Uganda. (Sheila Naturinda, […]

Uganda: Parliament Passes Computer Misuse Bill

(Aug. 12, 2010) On August 4, 2010, the 332-member unicameral Ugandan Parliament passed the Computer Misuse Bill (No. 23 of 2008), which, among other things, seeks to ensure the security of and prevent unlawful access to computers and information systems (Parliament Reaffirms Ban on Child Pornography, The Parliament of the Republic of Uganda website, http://www.parliament.go.ug/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=700&Itemid=65 […]

Uganda: Parliament Passes Law on Retirement Benefits for Top Government Officials

(Aug. 2, 2010) On June 23, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament approved the Emoluments and Benefits of the President, Vice President and Prime Minister Bill 2009, governing the salaries, allowances, and retirement benefits of those officials as well as entitlements of their surviving family members. (Bills Second Reading: The Emoluments and Benefits of the President, Vice […]