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Diplomat decries rights violations

By Vision Reporter

Added 10th December 2007 03:00 AM

THERE exist serious human rights abuses that the Government must deal with, the Danish ambassador, Stig Barlyng, has noted. “It is known that illegal detention by security agencies in non-gazetteded places still takes place.

THERE exist serious human rights abuses that the Government must deal with, the Danish ambassador, Stig Barlyng, has noted. “It is known that illegal detention by security agencies in non-gazetteded places still takes place.

By Conan Businge

THERE exist serious human rights abuses that the Government must deal with, the Danish ambassador, Stig Barlyng, has noted. “It is known that illegal detention by security agencies in non-gazetteded places still takes place.

“Prisons in Uganda hold a number of detainees that have not been brought before a judge, as prescribed by the law. This is illegal and must be stopped.”

Talking during the launch of the Human Rights Week at Kololo Airstrip last Thursday, the ambassador said: “After more than 20 years of peace in most parts of the country, every Ugandan should by now have the right to expect a life without the risk of having their human rights abused.

“It is disappointing that the specialised security agencies and the military still do not allow the Uganda Human Rights Commission access to places of detention unannounced,” Barlyng added.
The ambassador urged the LRA rebels to release and return all non-combatants, women and children.

Barlyng also criticised the Government’s disarmament programme in Karamaja.
The ambassador said human rights would only be upheld with the presence of an independent judiciary.

Diplomat decries rights violations

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