Uganda Human Rights Commission Concerned About Rearrests Outside Court

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Legislators sitting on the Committee of Legal and Parliamentary affairs have tasked the officials from the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) to explain why the commission has decided to remain silent as some people released by court continue to be re-arrested in the premises of court under un clear circumstances

But in response, the Uganda Human Rights Commissions who condemned the manner in which such people have been re-arrested, also says as the commission, they have embarked on the process of investigating such arrests.

The officials from the Uganda Human Rights Commission were the first to appear before the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary affairs chaired by Gomba West Legislator Robinah Rwakoojo to explain the state of the Commission.

The committee members who indicated their dissatisfaction to the Commission for their failure to address the increasing vice of re arresting people that have been granted bail forced the Commission to disclose their investigations into the matter.

The Human Rights Commission also led by Colonel Stephen Basaliza also informed the committee on how the Commission is concerned that the arrests made by plainclothes security operatives may end up legitimising the vice of kidnapping people by unknown people with ill motives.

The Commission also reported to the Committee the impunity of some police officers who have continuously violated people’s rights.

After their interface, the officials from the directorate of Public Prosecution led by their boss Mike Chibita appeared before the same committee and it’s here that they indicated the challenges they are facing which include inadequate number of prosecutors to handle the increasing cases, the lack of transport to concern for their personal security.

The DDP also indicate to the committee that cases of land, murder and forgeries have become rampant in the country.


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