Category Archives: Human Rights

Court Permits MP Odonga Otto, journalist to negotiate settlement

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Gulu Grade One Magistrate, Christine Turibamwe has allowed the Aruu County legislator, Odonga Otto to negotiate an out of court settlement with a journalist accusing him of assault.

On March 30th, 2021, Geoffrey Okot, a journalist with Choice FM in Gulu dragged the legislator to court on charges of assault and causing him bodily harm contrary to Section 236 of the Penal Code Act.

According to the prosecution, Otto allegedly committed the offence on June 16th, 2019 at Pece Stadium in Gulu City during the FUFA Drum encounter between Acholi and West Nile Provinces. Otto pleaded not guilty to the charge.

UPDF admits battering Journalists, asks out-of-court settlement

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The Uganda People’s Defense Forces has asked the High Court in Kampala to allow them settle through a reconciliation process the case in which a city lawyer Steven Kalali sued government on behalf of journalists who were battered a few months ago.

On February 22 2021, human rights lawyer Kalali sued the government for the actions of a section of the UPDF soldiers who battered journalists as they were going to cover an activity by former National Unity Platform-Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.  Kyagulanyi had on February 17th 2021 gone to deliver his petition to the United Nations High Commission in Kololo challenging gross human rights violations in the country.  

Catholic priest begs Government stop battering Journalists,

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Mbarara Archdiocese priests have asked the government to act quickly and stop the battering of journalists while on duty. 

Speaking at the commemoration of World Press freedom day for Mbarara Catholic Journalists, the Uganda Martyr’s Catholic cChurch parish priest Rev. Fr. Didas Kasapuli said that it is a human right to inform and to be informed.

He said that much as Journalism is a profession but it is also God’s calling like some other profession.

Foundation for Human Rights Initiative Investigates Attack on Journalists in Wakiso

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The Foundation for Human Rights Initiative-FHRI is investigating the attack on two journalists by the military in Wakiso district on Wednesday. 

Amon Kayanja of Salt Media and Teddy Nakaliga from Spark TV accuse military personnel of beating them while covering protests by residents of Kayunga trading center in Wakiso town council over the prolonged power outage in their area.   

John Bosco Tembo, a research associate at the Foundation of Human Rights Initiative recently met the assaulted victims to document their ordeal. According to Tembo, they intervened to help the affected journalists to get justice.  

Workers Fail To Attribute Value to Labour Day Celebrations

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Workers have lamented the challenges they are facing in their working environments saying that they are failing to attach value to the Labour Day celebrations.

The International day celebrated annually on May 1, has left Ugandans both in the formal and informal sectors, decrying the tough working environment in which they operate to earn a living characterized with financial constraints and job insecurity.