Search Results

Sort by
News
Eighteen years ago, in February 2003, Human Rights Watch interviewed Angela P, who was 10 years old when the brutal armed group Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) kidnapped her in northern Uganda. At age 15,  she was forced to become a “wife” to an LRA…
Dominic Ongwen at his confirmation of charges hearing in ICC courtroom I on 21 January 2016 © ICC-CPI.
News

Disinvestment and Privatization of Education in Uganda

Click to expand Image Pupils sit in a classroom at the Kibuye Junior…
Pupils sit in a classroom at the Kibuye Junior Primary School in the Katwe slum of Kampala, Uganda, October 14, 2016.
News
It was disappointing to read a recent article by a  senior police officer, Emilian Kayima, in The New Vision blaming women for being victims of sexual violence. Instead of taking on the men responsible for the violence and abuse, Kayima,  a former police…
202002wrd_uganda_protest.jpg
News
Since taking office in March, Uganda’s new police leadership has begun to address the many allegations of torture by police. But its actions have yet to go far enough. Unless the police, the directorate of public prosecutions and the judiciary take more…
Riot police block a driveway leading to the home of leading opposition politician and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party presidential candidate Kizza Besigye on the outskirts of Uganda's capital Kampala, February 20, 2016.
News
In August 2010, police  officers from the Rapid Response Unit (RRU), brutally beat a 22-year-old robbery suspect from Wakiso district, Frank Ssekanjako, during questioning. Police later took Ssekanjako to Mulago hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The…
A torture sufferer from Uganda is examined by a doctor at the headquarters of the Medical Foundation for the care of victims of torture in London June 7, 2007. Founded in 1985, the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture provides care and re
News
“Maria,” a Ugandan worker, paid $400 in 2013 to an agency in the United Arab Emirates that promised her a job in a mall in Dubai. Instead, the agency placed her as a domestic worker with half the salary she had been promised. Maria told me that her…
A female employer and her children are accompanied by their domestic worker, back right, as they walk through The Avenues, an indoor luxury shopping center in Kuwait City.
News
There’s a new fashion among African presidents bent on clinging to power: the constitutional coup. Military coups are no longer de rigueur, in part because the African Union has said it won’t recognize governments that come to power by means of such…
News
Jurist Guest Columnists Anneke Meerkotter of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre and Graeme Reid of Human Rights Watch discuss how recent court rulings in Botswana, Kenya and Zambia illustrate significant progress in human rights in general and in LGBT…
News
Today, the Kenyan government will host a regional conference on “countering violent extremism” – the latest in several conferences held around the world after a February 2015 White House Summit that organizers said sought to identify ways to prevent…
News
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…
News
In February, the World Bank delayed a $90 million loan for health care in Uganda out of concern over its new Anti-Homosexuality Act. Since then, the Constitutional Court nullified the law for lack of a parliamentary quorum during the vote. But the…
News
When a Somali interpreter from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) approached Idil in July 2013 asking her to “befriend” a Ugandan soldier in exchange for money, she was struggling to survive. Idil (not her real name) had fled to the capital,…
News
For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for resistance and liberation. We find fragments of our collective histories in court records…
News
When Uganda's Constitutional Court declared the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Act "null and void" on August 1, the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community and human rights activists breathed a collective sigh of relief…
News
Three notorious African leaders -- Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, Eritrea's Isaias Afewerki, and Sudan's Omar al-Bashir -- are not invited to this week's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. But a number of other long-ruling African strongmen, like…