Uganda: Human Rights

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th December 2007.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench 4th December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the 7,500 complaints of torture and cruel or inhuman treatment documented by the Uganda Human Rights Commission; and when they last raised the issue of Uganda's record on torture and human rights abuses with President Yoweri Museveni.

Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN), Foreign & Commonwealth Office 4th December 2007

The Uganda Human Rights Commission registered a total of 2,901 complaints about torture and cruel or inhuman treatment in Uganda between 1997 and 2006. In 2006 the commission experienced a decline in the number of complaints.

We continue regularly to raise human rights issues with the Government of Uganda. The UK takes an active role in Kampala in the Partners for Democracy and Governance Group (PDG) and its sub-group the Human Rights Working Group. Both groups regularly raise concerns with both the Ugandan Government and civil society. Human rights issues were last raised through the PDG with the Foreign Minister of Uganda on 24 October 2007. I raised these issues with Foreign Minister Kutesa during his visit to the UK in July 2007.

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