Following the detention of Uganda’s head of opposition Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine by President Yoweri Museveni during the recent election, human rights lawyer Femi Falana has filed a complaint at the United Nations against the Ugandan leader.
In a statement on Tuesday, Falana said Bobi Wine was denied access to his lawyers in a bid to prevent him from filing a petition against the declaration of Museveni as winner of the highly-flawed presidential election.
He said: “We have submitted a complaint against the government of Uganda to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concerning the detention of the detained couple.”
The complaint by Falana, which was attached to the statement, read in part, “Mr. Wine and his wife are being illegally detained for days without any criminal charges preferred against him. He has also been denied adequate supply of food by hundreds of Uganda military forces and policemen who have laid siege to his house for the umpteenth time since the election day.
“I am therefore seeking an opinion from the Working Group finding the house arrest and continuing detention of Mr. Wine and his wife to be arbitrary and in violation of Uganda’s Constitution of 1995 (as amended) and obligations under international human rights law including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which Uganda is a state party.”
The Ugandan government had also shut down social media 24 hours to the election.
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