Accessing bail is one of the major challenges refugees face when interfacing with the justice system in Uganda. This fact-sheet is a demonstration of RLP’s commitment to creating awareness on this intermediate remedy.
Following the recent horrific murder of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, thirteen men were detained at Nalufenya police station and are currently remanded to Luzira, Uganda's central prison. Serious allegations have been made in public media concerning their treatment while still at Nalufenya.
Please find attached a joint statement made by the Coalition Against Torture, of which Refugee Law Project is a member, together with the Coalition on Police Accountability and Security Sector Reform calling on the authorities to make proper investigation into these allegations, and, should they prove true, to disregard any evidence collected during torture.
Reaffirming our commitment to tackling torture as a heinous crime, we are pleased to share with you the Swahili version of the factsheet on The Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, 2012 (a while ago, we shared the English version of the same).
Through this publication, we reiterate that victims/survivors of torture are marginalized persons and it is therefore imperative that society is informed and encouraged to participate in the prevention of torture to protect persons at risk, and to facilitate the prosecution of perpetrators of torture.
In the attempt to fight 'ignorance of the law', we believe that this fact-sheet is a means of creating awareness using informative literature that emphasizes the need to report all cases of torture irrespective of the gravity of the act and the status of the person committing or conspiring to commit such acts.
In the near future, we will share with you a French version of this fact-sheet, and those in other languages thereafter. We are happy to provide printed copies should you require them.
This fact-sheet (ENGLISH version) is a demonstration of RLP’s commitment to create awareness geared towards restricting or eliminating torture as one of the most inhumane action.