One Year On, No Justice for Victims of Uganda's Lethal Clampdown

It has been a year since Ugandan security forces brutally clamped down on people protesting the arrest of opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, killing 54 people, and injuring scores more. On November 18, 2020, two months ahead of Uganda's general elections, security forces arrested Wine, as he prepared to hold a campaign rally in Luuka, Eastern Uganda.

The police said they had arrested him for breaching Covid-19 regulations, but Human Rights Watch say it was clear that authorities were using the pandemic as a pretext to clamp down on opposition during the election campaigns. The lobby group says Ugandan government should take meaningful steps to show that it is serious about upholding human rights and the rule of law by ensuring justice for the November 2020 violence.

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This photo taken on November 18, 2020 shows police manhandling one of Robert Kyagulanyi's supporters near Nalufenya police post in Jinja where he [Kyagulanyi] was taken after his arrest (file photo)

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