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Uganda: Torture - Police Okays DPP to Sue Officers

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He said police has used its human rights department to disseminate materials about the Prevention and Prohibition Torture Act among officers and teach them to respect human rights.

In the three-page statement issued on June 20, ABODO said the office of the director of Public Prosecutions, Uganda, "Condemns the use of torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment as interrogation strategies and calls on all security agencies including the Uganda Police Force (UPF), Internal Security Organization (ISO) [and] External Security Organisation (ESO) to explicitly ban the use of such treatment and enforce all laws and regulations prohibiting its use."

Before he died last year, Meddie Sozzi Kaggwa, then chairman of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), used a June 18, 2019 press conference ahead of the International UN Day in Support of Victims of Torture, to nudge government to clear compensation for victims of torture.

Strangely, the inspector general of police, Martins Okoth Ochola, who in 2019 warned his officers against transgressing the law on human rights, was asked to pay for court costs after the judge ruled that he illegally stopped Bobi Wine's Kyarenga concert.

In the recent human rights violation case, Right Trumpets, Ampiire Aisha and Nansubuga v. AIGP Asan Kasingye and 13 others, the judge Margaret Mutonyi, has held several police officers personally liable for torturing and violating the rights of inmates under police custody at Naggalama police station.

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