UHRC Refutes Reports of Detention Facilities Being Used as Torture Chambers


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The Uganda Human Rights Commission chairperson Mariam Wangandya has said that, as a commission while carrying out investigations, they have never come across any detention facility designated as a torture chamber.

According to Wangandya, while speaking on Uganda Broadcasting Council (UBC) Live on November 6, 2023, concerning the state of human rights in Uganda, she revealed that they monitor places of detention to access and monitor the conditions of the detainees.

“We have never come across any detention facility designated as a torture chamber. The human rights situation in the country is normal. Actually, we are doing better than many countries in the world,” Wangandya said.

Wangadya noted that state institutions need to come out and speak louder about what they are doing with respect to human rights. She added that, as far as the commission is concerned, they do thorough investigations and make their reports public.

She further noted that human rights cut across all political parties; they are not the preserve of a selected group of people.

“I would request that the human rights of everyone, whether opposition or state individuals, be put at the same level and defended equally,” Wangadya said.

Wangandya said that, for instance, when the commission asked the National Unity Platform (NUP) to provide a list of the 1000 alleged abducted persons, they only provided 30 names, 12 of whom were facing trial, while the rest were out on bail.

“Our regional budget was exhausted when we did the investigation into the 30 alleged missing persons,” she added.

According to Wandaya, the UHRC mandate is well spelled out under Article 52(1) of the Constitution. With 12 regional offices and 11 field offices, there is a toll-free line where all complaints can be received and tracked.

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