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On January 30, 2018, the Kenyan government shut down four news channels; Citizen TV, Inooro TV, NTV and KTN for announcing plans to air the swearing-in of opposition leader Raila Odinga as president. Kenyans took to the streets of Nairobi and through various social platforms, protested the closure. The protest was joined by lawyers, who, on February 1, went to…
MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE AFRICAN COURT ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS HON. JUSTICE SYLVAIN ORÉ FOR THE YEAR 2018 Dear members of the African human rights community, Dear stakeholders of the judicial protection of human rights in Africa. The protection of human rights in Africa is not the exclusive duty of the African Court on Human and Peoples’…
By Taryn Weninger (University of Simon Fraser University and intern in Research Department at FHRI) & Fred Sekindi (Director Research, Advocacy and Lobbying at FHRI) Uganda last held Local Council elections in 2001. The Government’s plan to conduct the election towards the end of 2017, was interrupted by a High Court challenge, in which among others, the petitioner alleged that…
By Rashid Bunya, Research Associate Foundation for Human Rights Initiative The Vision of Thursday 1st February 2018, it was reported that, “the police will no longer fine traffic offenders but instead take them to court immediately”. The assumption is that once the offender fails to pay the fine on that day, he or she will be remanded to prison until…
For two years, a peasant family was hopelessly stuck in a legal crisis, facing murder charges: Deus Tumwine*, 15 and his brother Lawrence*, 13, in Ihungu Remand Home, their father in an adult prison in Hoima. Back in 2008, Imanriho, their herdsman, had allegedly stolen the family’s savings. Villagers mobbed on him, but just when Tumwine’s father tried to stop…
Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) together with the South Western Institute for Policy and Advocacy (SOWIPA) are deploying 30 community election observers to the Ruhaama County by-election to be held on 11th January 2018. Observers will be deployed in the 11 Sub Counties of Ruhaama, including: Ntungamo, Itojo, Nyakyera, Ruhaama, Ruhaama East, Rukoni East, Rukoni West, Kafunjo…
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