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Human Rights Defenders in Masaka Raise Concern over Mob Justice

Shifah Kateregga the HURIDEM Executive Director notes that the increase in cases of mob justice is a result of loss of public trust and confidence in the criminal justice systems and the bureaucratic process of the law.

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 Civil Society Organizations in greater Masaka sub-region are concerned over the raising cases mob justice in the area.   

The 2018 annual status report by the Human Right Defenders Masaka-HURIDEM, released on Friday, shows a significant increase in the cases of mob justice.

 The report highlights that cases of mob justice have been on suspects of theft, robbery and violent land disputes have been on the increase throughout the year.

 Out of a total of 133 cases of Human Rights violation registered in 2018 from the sub-region, 41 had elements of mob justice, that involved killing or battering suspects and in some cases setting them or their property ablaze.

The figure is an accumulation from 21 cases mob justice out a total of 129 human rights violation registered in 2017.   

 Shifah Kateregga the HURIDEM Executive Director notes that the increase in cases of mob justice is a result of loss of public trust and confidence in the criminal justice systems and the bureaucratic process of the law.

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Lillian Musisi, the Masaka District Community Development Officer, attributes the increase to collapse in the society’s moral fabric. 

Musisi has asked the parents to rekindle their responsibilities of proper upbringing and parenting to children by instilling in them values that respect rights of other individuals.

Notably, the Ugandan laws forbid any prejudicial form of retributions and spells out tough punishments to perpetrators.

Recently, the Chief Justice Bart Katurebe also instituted a special committee to inquire in reported corruption in the judiciary as way of cleaning the judicial system of impunities.