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This statement was originally published on africafex.org on 17 February 2016.
The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is alarmed at the deteriorating human rights situation in Uganda ahead of the country's 2016 polls.
AFEX has noted with dismay the increased hostility of state officials and security agents in Uganda towards the media and opposition elements in the run-up to the February 18, 2016 general elections.
The IFEX network calls on the international community to pressure the incumbent government of Uganda to end its crackdown on freedom of expression and assembly during the election period and beyond.
Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Ambassador Deborah Malac
U.S. Ambassador to Uganda
(HRNJ-Uganda/IFEX) - Kampala, 21 March 2012 - The Parliament overturned a decision banning journalists from bringing their electronic devices into the parliamentary press gallery. Last week, MPs rejected a proposal calling for journalists to be permitted to use audio recorders and cameras while covering plenary sessions.
20 March 2012
(HRNJ-Uganda/IFEX) - Kampala, 19 March 2012 - Ugandan journalists who cover parliamentary news have blacklisted members of parliament (MPs) who argued against a proposal to allow the media to cover debates in the House with their video and still cameras and electronic recorders. The targeted MPs include Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), NRM MP for Iganga District Olivia Kwagala Kabala and Bukooli North NRM MP Bakka Mugabi.
(HRNJ-Uganda/IFEX) - Kampala, February 28th, 2012 - Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is shocked by the Uganda government's rejection of recommendations made to it during the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism (UPRM) to admit the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression to visit the country and assess the human rights situation.
UPRM is a brainchild of the United Nations Human Rights Council whose intention is to assess the human rights situation of its respective member countries.
(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - 10 October 2011 - Uganda's human rights record will be reviewed on 11 October 2011 during the 12th Session of the Working Group on Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council. ARTICLE 19 urges Uganda to use this as an opportunity to review and repeal unduly restrictive freedom of expression legislation, including criminal defamation and excessively broad powers accorded to state media regulatory bodies. In addition, the issue of violence against journalists, human rights defenders and political opponents also needs to be addressed at this review.
(HRNJ-Uganda/IFEX) - Kampala, 2 May 2011 - The safety and security of journalists in Uganda has witnessed its greatest decline to the lowest ebb, says HRNJ-Uganda's Press Freedom Index (PFI) report 2011.
16 March 2011
SOURCE: ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression
(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - London, 14.03.11 - In preparation for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the human rights situation in Uganda, ARTICLE 19 has submitted a report highlighting the country's restrictive legislation related to the media and freedom of expression; the failure of the government to implement the access to information legislation; and the frequent attacks on journalists, human rights defenders and political opponents.
ARTICLE 19's submission focuses on restrictive legislation regarding …
(Kampala, May 2, 2010) - Supporters of Uganda's ruling party, including government officials, are threatening and intimidating journalists in an effort to curb criticism of the government, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.