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Uganda will hold elections in early 2016 in what will be President Museveni’s 30th year in power. The following are highlights from a Twitter chat assessing the key human rights issues as campaigning ramps up this year. The participants are:

Angelo Izama – Journalist and policy analyst
Maria Burnett – Senior researcher at HumanRights Watch
Nicholas Opiyo – Founder, Chapter Four Uganda
Crispy Kaheru – Citizens’ Coalition forElectoral Democracy in Uganda
Moderated by Irene Ikomu – Parliament WatchUganda

Search the hashtag #Uganda2016 for a complete account of the chat. Question 1: How will the 2016 elections compare with previous elections in terms of freedom ofexpression & assembly?
Question 2: What issues are most likely to affect freedom of expression? Is the media equipped to handle a contentious election?
Question 3: How do we deal with issues such harassment of journalists especially up-country, intimidation, allegations of bias?
Question 4: What are the gaps in the ongoing voter registration? Are people being disenfranchised?
Question 5: The police have been accused of excessive force. What would be acceptable behavior for thepolice during the 2016 elections?

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