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Uganda's government accused of human rights abuses, torture | DW News

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Rights groups and the international community are raising the alarm over the human rights situation in Uganda -- drawing attention to what they call 'recurring credible accounts' of arbitrary arrests, forced disappearances and torture in the east African country.
They're blaming the government of President Yoweri Museveni, who's been in power since 1986. Now there's outrage after writer Kakwenza Rukirabashaija alleged he was tortured for weeks while in detention, after being arrested in December. A magistrate ordered his release last month. He has since published images of his back on social media - showing clear signs of the alleged torture.
Kakwenza Rukirabashaija has now fled Uganda. Human Rights Watch is demanding that
Uganda should drop all charges against him and investigate his allegations.
The satirist's most recent book is "Banana Republic: Where Writing is Treasonous." And he is the author of the 2020 satirical novel "The Greedy Barbarian," which describes high-level corruption in a fictional country.
Before Rukirabashaija fled, DW spoke to him in Kampala.

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