Jan 25, 2022

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EU mounts pressure on Uganda government to release Kakwenza

The European Union (EU) has joined other human rights organizations and has called for the unconditional release of the Ugandan writer and activist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, who was detained for over a week without any contact with the outside world, despite the court ordering his release by the police.

“Uganda: I am alarmed by reports of alleged torture and incommunicado detention of the author [Rukirabashaija Kakwenza]. Despite a court order to release him unconditionally, he remains detained without trial. I urge the Ugandan authorities to uphold the rule of law and due process, ”he tweeted.

Mr Gilmore’s concerns were shared by Ms. Maria Håkansson, the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, who“ full support ”expressed representatives.

The EU delegation in Uganda, which is responsible for“ EU-Uganda relations, programs and activities ”, also supported the call.

Mr Gilmore, a former Deputy Prime Minister, and the Irish Foreign Minister are tasked with enhancing the presence, effectiveness and visibility of EU human rights policy in EU external action.

Police say they have followed Mr Kakwenza Arrested a series of abusive communications allegations of disparaging, derogatory and abusive tweets about President Museveni and his son, Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba (Land Forces Commander).

He was however not officially charged.

In the days leading up to his arrest, Mr. Kakwenza tweeted repeatedly about the family, particularly Lieutenant General Kainerugaba.

Mr. Rukirabashaija’s wife, Ms. Eva Basiima , and his lawyer Eron Kiiza said he was tortured.

“Mr. Rukirabhaija’s home in Iganga is currently being searched. He’s urinating blood. His legs are swollen. He is clearly being tortured. He urgently needs medication and advice, “said Mr. Kiiza.

In April 2020, Mr. Rukirabashaija was arrested and interrogated about his novel The Greedy Barbarian .

He wrote another book, Banana Republic: Where Writing Is Treasonous , about his torture in custody that led to his arrest in September 2020.

Mr. Kakwenza was named international last year As a courageous author at the presentation of the PEN Pinter Prize, an award is given to someone who has been persecuted for speaking out about his or her beliefs.

Position of the EU on human rights

< p> In December 2020, the European Council adopted a regulation on a global sanctions regime for human rights that enables the EU to target individuals, organizations and institutions – including state and non-state actors – who are responsible for serious human rights violations and abuses responsible worldwide verbatim, involved in it or associated with it.

In February last year, the European Parliament called for sanctions against individuals and organizations responsible for human rights violations in the country under the EU sanctions regime following the 2021 parliamentary elections.