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I know what the law says about human rights

By Vision Reporter

Added 8th June 2008 03:00 AM

EDITOR—On May 29, you published a story entitled, “DP celebrates ruling on demonstrations”. In this story, I was quoted as having said that “the right to freedom of expression is absolute”.

EDITOR—On May 29, you published a story entitled, “DP celebrates ruling on demonstrations”. In this story, I was quoted as having said that “the right to freedom of expression is absolute”.

EDITOR—On May 29, you published a story entitled, “DP celebrates ruling on demonstrations”. In this story, I was quoted as having said that “the right to freedom of expression is absolute”.

I said the exact opposite of what was attributed to me and I am really stressed about this. When your reporter called me on may 28, seeking my views on the Constitutional court judgment, I said the following: “Human rights and freedoms are not absolute including the right to freedom of expression, assembly and association.

In Uganda we have only four absolute rights provided for under Article 44 of the constitution namely –the right to freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; freedom from slavery or servitude; the right to a fair hearing; and the right to an order for a habeas corpus.

All the other rights and freedoms have limitations, i.e they must be enjoyed alongside performance of certain duties and responsibilities. The right to freedom of expression, assembly and association.

In Uganda we have only four absolute rights provided for under art 44 of the constitution namely- the right to freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; freedom from slavery or servitude; the right and freedoms have limitations, i.e they must be enjoyed alongside performance of certain duties and responsibilities.

The right to freedom of demonstration does not entitle us to be a nuisance to the public eg to attack and kill others.”

As a lawyer, I am well aware of all the provisions of the constitution of Uganda on human rights. , There is therefore no way I could have uttered the words attributed to me.

F. Mariam Wangadya
Ugandan Human rights Commission

I know what the law says about human rights

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