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Uganda: Courts to Get Authority to Issue Warrants Under Phone-Tapping Bill

(June 30, 2010) It was reported on June 24, 2010, that the Members of the Ugandan Parliament Sessional Committee on Information and Communications Technology (ICT)made a recommendation that the authority to issue warrants under the Regulation of Interception of Communications Bill, 2007, which under the current language of the bill is vested with the Minister […]

Uganda: HIV Prevention and Control Bill Proposed

(May 24, 2010) On May 18, 2010, the HIV Prevention and Control Bill, which seeks to control the spread of the disease and put in place safeguards to protect individuals living with HIV/AIDS, was proposed to the Ugandan Parliament for floor action. (Mary Karugaba & Milton Olupot, HIV Bill Tabled in Parliament, THE NEW VISION, […]

Uganda: The National Youth Council Act Amended

(May 11, 2010) On May 6, 2010, the Ugandan Parliament passed The National Youth Council (Amendment) Bill No. 17 of 2008 and abolished compulsory membership of youths in the village councils of the area of their residence. (Parliament Outlaws Compulsory Membership to Village Youth Councils, THE PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA, May 6, 2010, […]

Uganda: Court Finds Practice of Bride Price Constitutional

(Mar. 31, 2010) It was reported on March 29, 2010, that the Ugandan Constitutional Court, in what appears to be a major blow to women's rights groups, rejected a petition for abolishing the traditional practice of bride price (dowry) in Uganda. (Hillary Nsambu, Constitutional Court Rules in Favour of Bride Price, SUNDAY VISION, Mar. 29, […]

African Union; Uganda: Convention on Displaced Persons Ratified

(Feb. 25, 2010) Uganda recently became the first nation to ratify the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The agreement was signed in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 22, 2009. (African Union website, http://www.africa-union.org/root/ar/index/AU-IDP%20Convention%20-%20Assembly%20-%20Final%20-%2010.23%20pm%2023%20Oct.doc (last visited Feb. 22, 2010).) The treaty will become effective once 15 of […]

Uganda: New Law Bans Female Genital Mutilation

(Dec. 22, 2009) On December 10, 2009, the Ugandan Parliament passed a law banning the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). (Daniel Edyegu, Sensitise Public on Female Circumcision Law, THE NEW VISION, Dec. 15, 2009, available at one”>http://allafrica.com/stories/200912160586.html.) The bill has been sent to the President of Uganda for his assent. (Parliament Outlaws Female Genital […]

Uganda: Regional Government Bill Proposed

(Dec. 22, 2009) On December 8, 2009, Ugandan local government minister Adolf Mwesige introduced in the parliament the Regional Governments Bill 2009. (Joyce Namutebi, Regional Governments Bill Tabled, THE NEW VISION ONLINE, Dec. 14, 2009, available at WORLD NEWS CONNECTION, No. 200912141477.1_286301003d6b0963.) The draft law is based on article 178 of Uganda's Constitution, permitting “two […]

Uganda: Domestic Violence Law Enacted

(Nov. 18, 2009) It was reported on November 14, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament passed into law the Domestic Violence Bill of 2009, which seeks to protect the victims and provides for the punishment of perpetrators of the crime of domestic violence. (Women Happy with Domestic Violence Bill, SUNDAY VISION, Nov. 14, 2009, available at […]

Uganda: Government Proposes Bill to Prohibit Trading in Counterfeit Goods

(Nov. 9, 2009) It was reported on November 6, 2009, that the Ugandan Trade Ministry, at the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, had proposed a counterfeit goods bill, which, if passed into law, will ban trading in goods that violate intellectual property rights. (Wambi Michael, Uganda's Counterfeits Bill Threatens Access to Medicine, IPS, Nov. […]

Uganda: Report Says Torture and Human Sacrifice on the Rise

(Oct. 15, 2009) It was reported on October 12, 2009, that the Ugandan Human Rights Commission (UHRC), an independent body established under the 1995 Constitution whose functions, among other things, include investigating possible human rights violations, released its annual report for the year 2008 showing a rise in torture and human sacrifice. (Josephine Maseruka, Torture […]