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10 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Ugandan police on Thursday arrested two presidential candidates planning on challenging current President Yoweri Museveni [BBC profile]. Former Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi [official website], who had announced [BBC report] his intention to run for president last month and was arrested [New Vision report] while campaigning for a presidential … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2013
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] The government of Uganda and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) [official website] on Monday launched a 'mobile' court [UN News Centre report] intended to serve both the migrant population of the Nakivale settlement and nearby Ugandan nationals. The project is intended to provide quicker access to justice as well … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The government of Uganda is harassing and intimidating rights groups and other non-government organizations (NGOs), Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Tuesday. The report, entitled "Curtailing Criticism: Intimidation and Obstruction of Civil Society in Uganda," documents the ways in which the administration of President Yoweri Museveni [BBC … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of unlawful assembly stemming from an incident at a protest last week. Besigye and other protesters were arrested last week [BBC report] after a police officer was killed while attempting to disperse the crowd. … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Ugandan Supreme Court Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki on Friday said the Judiciary [official website] lacks independence as a result of interference by African governments. At the Southern African Chief Justices Forum in Kampala, Odoki pointed to surveys [Daily Monitor report] by the World Bank and the World Economic Forum … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2011
by Chris Morris

[JURIST] A Ugandan court Tuesday acquitted opposition leader Kizza Besigye [JURIST news archive] of charges of rioting and inciting violence. Besigye was arrested earlier this year [JURIST report] in connection with protests against rising food and fuel costs. The protests were known as the "Walk to Work" protests [VOA report] … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] urged Uganda's government Sunday to stop using what she called excessive force against protesters, including opposition leader Kizza Beisgye [JURIST news archive]. Pillay criticized [Reuters report] the government's treatment of Bezigye during his arrest last Thursday, during which video … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye [JURIST news archive] was arrested Monday in connection with protests against increasing food and fuel costs. Bloomberg reports Besigye was detained during the protest [Bloomberg report], while Al Jazeera reports Besigye was arrested on his way to the protest [Al Jazeera report]. Besigye has … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Uganda's Constitutional Court [official website] on Tuesday unanimously dismissed treason charges against opposition leader Kizza Besigye [JURIST news archive] and 10 co-defendants, ruling that there was insufficient evidence and that the state had violated the defendants' rights. Besigye had been charged [JURIST report] with plotting to forcefully overthrow the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Uganda [official website] ruled Thursday that bail is not a constitutional right, but also found that holding a person in police custody for more than 48 hours without charge is a violation of human rights. The finding overturns sections of several Ugandan laws, including the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The treason trial of Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and ten other opposition members resumed Monday, after a year-long delay following the voluntary withdrawal of two judges. Besigye, who has been charged [JURIST report] with plotting to forcefully overthrow the Ugandan government between 2001 … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2007
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Lawyers in Uganda [JURIST news archive] began a three-day strike Monday in response to the March 1 siege of the Ugandan High Court [Reuters report]. The 830 members of the Uganda Law Society (ULA) [group website] voted last week [JURIST report] to protest the incident, in which state security … [read more]


Legal News
9 Mar 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Ugandan judges Friday agreed to call off a strike after President Yoweri Museveni [BBC profile] wrote a letter to the judiciary, expressing regret for a March 1 siege of the Ugandan High Court [Reuters report]. The judges went on strike [JURIST report] Monday to protest the incident, in which … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The Uganda Law Society (ULS) [profession website] announced Tuesday that lawyers would initiate a three-day strike as a protest against government interference with judicial independence. Uganda's judges are currently on a week-long strike following last week's siege of the nation's High Court by security forces [JURIST report]. The lawyer … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni [BBC profile] announced Tuesday that police would implement more transparent procedures for re-arresting suspects released by the courts in an effort to appease the country's judiciary, which went on strike [JURIST report] Monday. Despite these promises, one of Uganda's most senior judges, Justice James Ogoola … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Ugandan judges began a week-long general strike Monday to protest last Thursday's siege of the High Court and seizure of defendants by government forces. Court witnesses said that six defendants were rearrested by security forces in court after having been granted bail. The defendants' lawyer was also beaten unconscious … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2006
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, the newly formed political cabinet [JURIST report] in Nepal has agreed on the membership of a judicial commission that will investigate state police and security force actions during pro-democracy protests [JURIST news archive] last month that led to the capitulation of King Gyanendra [official profile], … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2006
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's international brief, Uganda's second key witness in the treason case against opposition leader Kizza Besigye [JURIST news archive; BBC profile] has admitted to perjury under cross-examination by Besigye's lawyers. Migadde Ssemakula, who claims he is a lieutenant with Uganda's intelligence gathering Internal Security Organization (ISO), admitted that … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2006
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, Uganda's chief prosecutor Simon Byabakama Mugenyi told the High Court where opposition leader Kizza Besigye [JURIST news archive] is being tried on treason charges [JURIST report] that files detailing the intelligence gathering efforts against Besigye have been "misplaced." Mugenyi was supposed to produce the document … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2006
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, Iran could be the target of a new UN Security Council [official website] resolution mandating compliance with an International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] order that Iran cease production of enriched uranium [BBC report]. US, UK, and French officials have reportedly met and agreed on … [read more]

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