The new report by Amnesty International highlights concerns about official repression of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and the failure to hold perpetrators of human rights violations committed against political activists, journalists and civil society activists to account in Uganda.
The report focuses on the general clampdown on the right to freedom of expression, in particular press freedom, between 2007 and 2011, and official intolerance of peaceful protests in the wake of public protests regarding rising costs of living in April and May 2011.
Amnesty International calls on the Uganda government to comply with its obligations under international law to respect and protect the right of everyone in Uganda to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
"Ugandan authorities should put an end to the increasing levels of repression of human rights currently prevalent in the country. They should allow journalists, human rights defenders, political and other activists to carry out their media, political, human rights and other work without the fear of intimidation and retribution from the authorities," the report says.