STATEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
By Rt.Hon. Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba
On this day the World commemorates the Human Rights Day, adopted after the 1948 declaration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which sets out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all of us are entitled.
While Uganda is a signatory to the UDHR among other international protocols that guarantee the respect of rights and freedoms, we continue to witness acts of gross human rights violations; arbitrary arrests, abductions, torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings which have forced many opposition supporters to run into exile.
These are some of the atrocities that Gen Museveni has always criticised the previous regimes for! His criticism of former Presidents Idi Amin and Milton Obote should not blind us to the atrocities by armed gangs under his command.
What’s worrying is that the judiciary seems to have found it convenient to side with the oppressor as evidenced by acts of some judicial officers who continue to entertain cases of grossly tortured suspects in their courtrooms.
The statements from specifically the Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), Ms Mariam Wangadya, are enough to tell the world that the Commission is not ready to serve its purpose but rather the interests of the oppressive regime.
We shall not cease to demand for justice to victims and their families. Where justice fails, retribution and revenge becomes societal norm!
We are a community of humans that desire justice as a sustainable approach to societal peace.
No one will get away with injustice; justice and truth walk in the same lane; we continue to demand the truth about our people who are without trace and demand that the regime makes full accountability of every person, and brings to book individuals and groups that have and continue to perpetrate violations of human rights in our country.
Mathias Mpuuga (MP)
LEADER OF THE NUP PARLIAMENTARY TEAM