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Anti-Torture Center Calls For Arrest of Security Personnel Involved in City Protests

Samuel Herbert Nsubuga, the Executive Director ACTV, says the security personnel should be prosecuted according to the relevant laws.
23 Nov 2020 16:52
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The African Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation of torture victims (ACTV) has tasked the government to arrest all security personnel who used excessive force in quelling last week’s city protests.

Samuel Herbert Nsubuga, the Executive Director ACTV, says the security personnel should be prosecuted according to the relevant laws. He says that such acts by security forces against unarmed civilians contravenes the laws of Uganda and cannot go unpunished.

Protests broke out last week in different parts of the country following the arrest and detention of National Unity Platform Party presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, and Patrick Amuriat of the Forum for Democratic Change.

Addressing a news conference on Monday at their offices in Kampala, Nsubuga also reminded members of the public to responsibly exercise their rights while holding demonstrations and avoid provoking security officers to avert likely excessive use of force.

The torture and rehabilitation center is also asking those who were tortured to report to its offices for assistance.

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The anti-torture activists are also concerned about the extent to which the men in uniform have blatantly violated the right to freedom from torture, cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment as provided for in the Constitution. 

Esther Nabwire, the Programs Manager says the officers who had concealed their faces will be identified and action taken against them.

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