11 January 2019

Uganda: Museveni's Crackdown On 'Indiscipline' in Uganda Fails to Silence the Opposition

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In his New Year Address, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni issued a warning to anyone who sought to "destabilise" the country and asserted that "indiscipline" would not be tolerated. The criminalisation of protest is nothing new in the country where opposition to Museveni's rule has been met with violence and where individuals who criticise the state have been severely punished.

Ugandan feminist scholar and activist Stella Nyanzi, who was accused of insulting Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, and was charged with "cyber harassment and offensive communication", has been in jail since 2 November 2018. Before her arrest, Nyanzi formed part of a campaign to educate the Ugandan police about gender and the need to protect, rather than violate, women's rights.

The way in which Nyanzi herself has been treated in prison only confirms the critical need for this work. Nyanzi appeared at the High Court in Kampala on 9 January 2019 and told the court that she suffered a miscarriage while incarcerated in Luzira Prison. Her application to the court that she be released on medical grounds has been denied. Her lawyer, Isaac Semakadde, has said that the ruling was made in spite of the fact that Nyanzi has made a report...

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