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Uganda Making Life Tough for Rights Activists

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 16:57
Maria Burnett, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, was surprised at the fear she heard recently when she met with Uganda activists

Maria Burnett, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, says she interviewed hundreds of victims and witnesses of human rights abuses in Uganda, but was surprised at the fear she heard recently when she met with activists in that country.

Writing in her personal capacity, Burnett, points out that if you preach human rights, you are labelled ‘anti-development’, ‘an economic saboteur’ and so on.          

She states that organisations working on human rights, land acquisitions, oil revenue transparency, and other sensitive issues are the main targets, and apparently viewed as a threat to President Yoweri Museveni administration’s interests.

To read the article titled, “Uganda making life tough for NGOs, LGBT rights,” click here.

Source: 
Global Public Square