Press release

Uganda: Investigate Treatment of Youth Activist

Freedom House is concerned by Ugandan authorities’ apparent abduction and illegal detention of youth activist Norman Tumuhimbise. 

Washington

In response to the apparent abduction and detention of Ugandan youth activist Norman Tumuhimbise on August 19, Freedom House issued the following statement:
 
“Freedom House is concerned by Ugandan authorities’ apparent abduction and illegal detention of Norman Tumuhimbise, a youth activist, in an undisclosed location until his release August 26,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director for Africa programs. “The Uganda Police and Uganda Human Rights Commission should immediately investigate his abduction and release the findings publicly as soon as possible. As Uganda’s 2016 general elections approach, the Government of Uganda should ensure that the fundamental rights of human rights activists, as enshrined in the Constitution of Uganda, are respected.”

Uganda is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2015, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2014