Uganda: Weak Cyber Laws Fail to Protect Internet Freedoms and Privacy


In a new report, Civil Rights Defenders and the Ugandan NGO Unwanted Witness provide a joint analysis on cyber laws in Uganda and their failure to protect online freedoms and the right to privacy. The analysis is an assessment of Ugandan cyber laws from a human rights perspective that reflects on the compatibility of the provisions with Uganda’s own 1995 Constitution and International Human Rights Standards.

(Svenska) Museveni blir kvar – och förtrycket ökar

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(Svenska) Under lördagen stod det klart att sittande president Museveni behåller greppet om presidentposten i Uganda för en femte mandatperiod. Valdagen kantades av sammandrabbningar och nedsläckta sociala mediekanaler vilket, enligt kritiker och oppositionella i landet, skedde på order av den sittande regeringen. Civil Rights Defenders programchef för Östafrika och Afrikas horn, Mesfin Negash, analyserar valutgången i tidningen OmVärlden.

Uganda Elections 2016 – A Situation Analysis by Civil Rights Defenders

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Uganda will hold its fifth presidential and parliamentary election on February 18, 2016. Around half of the population are registered to cast their votes, according to the Electoral Commission. The atmosphere is a mixture of fear of election-related violence coupled with the fear that civil and political rights will be further eroded. Reports of irregularities and election-related violence continue to surface. This has prompted local and international stakeholders to call for immediate reconciliatory measures to ease the situation.

(Svenska) Seminarium med Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera


(Svenska) Människorättsförsvararen Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, en av årets mottagare av Right Livelihood-priset, kommer till Stockholm. Hon arbetar för HBT-samhällets rättigheter i Uganda och är en av Afrikas mest frispråkiga människorättsförsvarare. Tillsammans med Civil Rights Defenders och flera andra civilsamhällesaktörer bjuder Right Livelihood Award in till frukostseminarium med Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera den 1 december.

Read the Third Newsletter of the Year


In the third newsletter of the year you can read about the first Pride Parade held in the Ugandan capital city Kampala which took place only a year after the introduction of a law that made homosexuality a punishable offense, that the Russian authorities recently blacklisted one of Civil Rights Defenders donors as a consequence of the latest in a series of Russian Laws that restricts opportunities for civil society to act freely and that Civil Rights Defenders has moved to new premises.

Proposed Bill will Restrict the Activities of NGO’s in Uganda

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Civil Rights Defenders is concerned over the trajectory of a bill that aims to regulate Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) in Uganda. The NGO bill introduced in April 2015 is due to be debated by Ugandan legislators and contains several provisions aimed at curtailing Freedom of Association. It seeks to repeal and replace the current Non-Governmental Organisation Registration Act Cap 113 regulating NGO activities in Uganda.