UN demands gov’t to investigate Fatuma Undressing incident

United Nations Human Rights office of the high commissioner in Uganda has demanded investigations into the undressing of Naigaga Fatuma, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) lady who was part of the party entourage going to Rukungiri on Saturday 10th October.

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In a press statement released yesterday, Uchenna Emelonye the country representative said that the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Uganda is concerned with the allegations that Police used excessive force with arresting FDC officials on the same day.

“United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Uganda is very concerned about allegations of excessive use of force and degrading treatment officers of the Uganda Police on 10th October. The incident happened at Kanyalyeru during the arrest of about 10 members of the opposition party who were travelling from Kampala to Rukungiri district to hold consultations,” the statement reads.

The statement added; “Of particular concern to the office are allegations that a woman was publicly stripped by police officer as she was being arrested. We urge government promptly launch an independent investigation and to hold accountable any officer or officers who may have used excessive force of subjected individuals to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment, in line with the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act 2012.”

He revealed that pursuant to its protection mandate in Uganda, the office is monitoring and following the incident.

Emelonye said that the office is equally disturbed by the “apparent use and frequency” of preventive arrests, particularly against leaders of the opposition parties.