Few people know what is going on in Uganda and how Ugandans are struggling
under the harsh reality of a de facto military regime where there is no longer
freedom of speech and even the police force has been militarised.
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While other crises and conflicts in the world are publicised, such as the military coup in Myanmar, Ugandans feel forgotten. But they are crying out for the world to speak out on their behalf because they are unable to protest for themselves due to the security forces who are brutally quashing any dissenting voices.
President Museveni, having changed the constitution twice during his tenure (to remove the limit of terms and the upper age limit), claims he was once again re-elected as President on 14th January 2021, having been President for 35 years. With Uganda having the youngest population in the world, over 80% of Ugandans were born after Museveni invaded Uganda with a rebel army in the early 1980s! The younger generation (as well as many older people) are desperate for a change from the increasingly despotic military regime.
Although none of the usual international observers were given permits to monitor the election process, there is much evidence that there were many serious irregularities, together with violence and intimidation which has continued since the election. It is extremely unlikely that the result reflects the wishes of the majority of Ugandans.
Thousands of opposition supporters have already “disappeared”, been kidnapped, arrested, beaten, detained in prisons and other non-gazetted places, brought before military courts, tortured and killed for as little as gathering at opposition rallies or saying the wrong thing or posting something on social media – or even wearing a red T-shirt, the colour of the main opposition party. In spite of all the violence against opposition supporters, there is no fighting because Robert Kyagulanyi (aka Bobi Wine, the leader of the opposition National Unity Platform party) has called on his supporters to be law-abiding and never to retaliate with violence, even in the face of so much brutality from the security forces.
The world must wake up to what is going on – for the sake of democracy, freedom of speech and human rights. We owe it to the thousands who have already been abducted, arrested, held in un-gazetted places, tried in Military courts, tortured and killed simply for their associations with the main opposition party, NUP. May their suffering and deaths not be in vain.
But what can ordinary people around the world do to help Ugandans restore democracy and put an end to the violent oppression they are experiencing? Most of us feel helpless and have little reserve capacity to cope with yet another crisis in the world after all that has been going in our lives and in the world over the past year or so. And yet I am asking if you will take some simple actions on behalf of the people of Uganda.
suffered so much in the past and has such potential.
Even if . . . . .
- you never write letters to Members of Parliament (MPs) because you think they don’t bother to read them, or
- you avoid signing petitions because you don’t agree with them or don’t think they achieve anything, or
- you have no particular interest in Uganda, or
- you are weary because of being involved in so many other things . . . . .
. . . . . I am asking if, just this once, you would please CLICK ON THIS LINK to see if you would be willing to do something that would take only 10-15 minutes.
These actions are NOT about supporting one politician or one political party against another but are about democracy, human rights and peace, for the sake of ordinary people and their basic rights to freedom of speech and association.
For more information and news over the past few weeks, here are the links to earlier posts (with the most recent first):
- “Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor” – 4th May
- “Defending the dignity of others is never a lost cause whether you succeed or not” – 24th April
- Rule of Law in Uganda – 23rd April
- Slight shift in UK’s attitude to Museveni – 23rd April
- Bobi Wine: “It drains you when you do the right thing” – 22nd April
- Update on Bobi Wine’s vehicle – 22nd April
- Listen to Ugandans – 20th April
- News from Bobi Wine – 20th April
- STEP-BY-STEP Human Rights Walks for Uganda launched – 10th April
- Bobi Wine visits political prisoners in Uganda – 28th March
- Vote rigging in Uganda’s Presidential Election – 27th March
- Mr President: Now is the time to talk – 25th March
- Relatives of abductees still seeking answers – 24th March
- Dark political cloud over Uganda – 23rd March
- More reasons why Ugandans signed the petition – 23rd March
- 15 year old abducted and missing in Uganda – 21st March
- UK Minister for Africa alleged to have links with Museveni – 21st March
- Commonwealth and Italy show approval of Museveni – 21st March
- Reasons why Ugandans signed the petition – 20th March
- News Updates from Uganda – up to 18th March
- Letter to the BBC re lack of media coverage – 5th March
- Letter to Rt Hon Dominic Raab and UK MPs – 5th March
- UK Government’s lack of response to Uganda – 4th March
- Urgent Action Still Needed for Uganda – 2nd March
- The World Starts to Wake up to Atrocities in Uganda – 20th February
- Update on international responses to Uganda crisis – 12th February
- Petition signing starts – slowly! – 11th February
- Simple ACTION you can take to lobby for return to democracy and peace
- Sample letter to write to UK Members of Parliament
- Uganda: Briefing Paper concerning alleged corruption and ongoing
violations of human rights in Uganda before, during and
following the Presidential Election on 14th January 2021
- After the Presidential Election – 26th January
- Facebook closes Museveni’s account – 11th January
- Is anything worth dying for in Uganda? – 6th January
- Hope and inspiration in Uganda – 5th January
- Reflections on praying for Uganda – 4th January
- Prayer and fasting before the Elections – 4th January
If you wish to leave any comments or tell us what action you are taking or ask any questions about Uganda, please complete this form. It would be especially helpful to hear from you if you get any responses as a result of your actions.
Thank you for reading this.