By Ivan Mwine
The government of the United States of America has vehemently condemned the continued abduction, torture and murder of opposition politicians currently going on in the country.
The condemnation of such acts of human rights abuse in contained in a statement issued by US embassy in Kampala, Uganda, titled; Statement on Recurring Credible Accounts of Forced Disappearance, Arbitrary Detention, and Torture in Uganda
The statement which was sanctioned by the US ambassador to Uganda H.E Natalie E. Brown, reads thus;
“Recurring credible accounts of forced disappearance, arbitrary detention, and use of physical and mental torture of Ugandan citizens by the security forces reflect poorly on the government and undermine the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, which under Article 24 states, ”No person shall be subjected to any form of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
We urge the Government of Uganda, as a party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, to protect the rights of its citizens and to hold accountable those who violate these rights.
We recognize the courage of the victims in sharing their experiences with the public, and of concerned citizens calling for the full expression of their constitutional rights and protections. We also commend the media for shining light on these stories and raising awareness.”
The condemnation comes at a time when several Ugandans, especially those belonging to the National Unity Platform (NUP) and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) are increasingly being abducted and tortured, the latest being author Kakwenza Rukirabashaija and Simon Masereka, a NUP coordinator in Kasese, who were abducted and tortured severely by armed men. On Thursday this week, opposition Members of Parliament led by Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga boycotted a parliamentary sitting protesting government’s silence about the continued abduction and torture of Ugandans basing on their political affiliations.