THE ANTI-TORTURE LAW IS BITING!!!Geoffrey Ojiambo
THE ANTI-TORTURE LAW IS BITING!!!
Finally…finally…finally, it is being rewarded. Ugandans are not only stopping at witnessing, condemning and complaining acts of torture and cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment but now coming out to report the same to relevant authorities.
The right to complain about acts of torture and cruel, inhumane, degrading treatment or punishment:
Any person can complain about such acts. The complainer does not have to be a victim of the offence or act.
This right and duty to complain compliments the duty to report acts of torture.
The duty to report torture acts of torture and cruel, inhumane, degrading treatment or punishment:
The Ugandan citizens and non nationals should not stop at complaining and wining about the torture or cruel way they have been treated or punished. We have a duty to report such acts. They violate human rights, national law, ratified regional and international instruments (laws) Uganda is party to and duty bound to respect, protect, and promote.
Therefore, anyone can torture and anyone can be tortured.
ACTV APPRECIATES THE UGANDA POLICE FORCE
ACTV commends the great work the Uganda police force has done so far as far as punishing the errant police officers who participated in the unsystematic beatings of the Ugandan citizens in Kabalagala and old Kampala streets is concerned. However, we encourage the institution of the police force to further prosecute these errant and unprofessional officers individually under the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act 2012.
PPTA 2012 BEARS FRUIT
ACTV is fully aware of the National Youth Coalition for Change’s preliminary efforts to lodge a formal complaint against these errant police officers who unprofessionally beat up a group of Ugandans in Kampala for torture and cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment of the victims as read in the print, radio, television and social media.
ACTV encourages this coalition to proceed under the prevention and prohibition of Torture Act 2012.
The 1995 constitution of the republic of Uganda guarantees the right to freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment to every person in Article 24. The constitution further makes it an absolute right under Article 44 (a).
It is the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act (PPTA) that criminalises the violation of this right under sections 4 and 7 should be applied. This will promote the deterrent effect it was purposed to create ad promote.
Fellow Ugandans, it’s our duty to not only complain about acts of torture and cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment but also our collective duty to report such acts. This will promote public accountability of all persons before the law and rid our country Uganda from acts of torture.
Where can we report such acts?
To the Uganda police force – human rights desk, the Uganda Human Rights Commission, Coalition against torture, African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (ACTV), Justice centres Uganda, courts of law and others.
Communications and Advocacy officer
Kirya Mukalere Paul