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Anti-Torture Law Must be Expedited, Commissioner Says :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Anti-Torture Law Must be Expedited, Commissioner Says


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The absence of an Anti-Torture law is increasingly becoming a recipe for abuse in many prison detention centers.



Article 22 of Uganda's constitution prohibits torture, cruel and inhuman treatment of Ugandans.

But Hundreds of people have lost their human dignity at the hands of cruel security personnel.



Medi Kagwa, the Uganda Human Rights Commission chairperson says 68 complaints of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment was registered in the Central region by end of March this year. 60 of the complaints were registered against the Uganda Police Force, and the eight were complaints against the Rapid Response Unit and Uganda Peoples Defense Forces.



In soroti, 18 complaints of torture were raised against Uganda Police Force, three against UPDF, three against Rapid Response Unit.

A report from the Soroti Human Rights Commission regional office cites Obii David, an inmate in Serere prison as one of the complainants. Obii says that he was tortured, for allegedly attempting to escape from prison.



A report from the Gulu regional office indicated that a prisoner in Lotuturu prison in Lamwo district was tortured to death on the orders of a prison officer. According to the report, the prisoner was killed for allegedly hitting a colleague with a hoe.

In another incident, a prisoner at Loro Farm prison was allegedly tortured to paralysis after he was found with a love letter written to a daughter of one of the prison officers.



The commission chairperson says torture of suspects must end. He says parliament must speed up the process of enacting the anti-torture law in order to deal with people who torture suspects.



Kagwa says the absence of a specific law to punish torture perpetrators has hampered all efforts intended to rid detention centers of torture.

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The Uganda Human Rights Commission and the civil society groups wants a law that will hold perpetrators of torture personally liable for compensating the torture victims.

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