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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 […]

Uganda: New Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Based on HIV Status and Criminalizing Intentional HIV Transmission

(Oct. 8, 2009) It was reported on October 4, 2009, that the Uganda Law Reform Commission is gearing up to present before the Ugandan Parliament the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Bill, which, if passed, would penalize discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS and make intentional transmission of the disease to another person a […]

Uganda: Rights Group Seeks to Have Bride Price Abolished

(Sept. 17, 2009) It was reported on September 9, 2009, that MIFUMI, a women’s rights organization that promotes protection for women and children affected by domestic violence, abuse, and bride-price violations, together with other concerned individuals, filed a legal action before Uganda’s Constitutional Court, seeking the abolition of the practice of bride price. (Milton Olupot […]

Uganda: Insolvency Bill Tabled in Parliament

(Sept. 2, 2009) The Government of Uganda has submitted a bill on insolvency to the Parliament. The aim of the legislation “is to rationalise the law and combine the relevant provisions into one applicable to individuals as well as companies,” according to Deputy Attorney General Freddie Ruhindi, who tabled the bill. At present, Uganda's insolvency […]

Uganda: AU Human Rights Commissioner Tells Government to Stop Torturing Suspects

(Sept. 2, 2009) It was reported on August 27, 2009, that Catherine Dupe Atoki, Commissioner of the African Union (AU) Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, called on African countries to outlaw torture. (African Union Human Rights Head Calls for Torture Criminalization, EARTHTIMES, Aug. 27, 2009, available at,african-union-human-rights-head-calls-for-torture-criminalization.html.) Speaking to reporters during her two-day […]

Uganda: Draft Law on Domestic Violence Criminalizes Abusive SMS Messages

(June 25, 2009) It was reported on June 21, 2009, that Fred Ruhindi, Minister of State for Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Deputy Attorney General, introduced in the parliament a new bill, Domestic Violence Bill 2009, designed to extend certain protections to victims of domestic violence and punish perpetrators. (Catherine Bekunda & Milton Olupot, Couples […]

Uganda: Bill Allowing Dual Citizenship Passed

(June 10, 2009) It was reported on May 17, 2009, that the Ugandan Parliament has passed into law a bill allowing dual citizenship and sent it to the President's desk for signature (Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control (Amendment) Bill of 2008). (Henry Mukasa & Catherine Bekunda, Parliament Passes Dual Citizenship Law, THE NEW VISION, May […]

Uganda: Constitutionality of Presidential Elections Law Challenged

(June 5, 2009) It was reported on June 2, 2009, that Kizza Besigye the Chairman of the Forum for Democratic Change, a Ugandan political party, who lost presidential bids to the current Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni in 2001 and 2006, has instituted a suit before the Ugandan Constitutional Court challenging the constitutionality of a provision […]