June 23, 2024

Tullio Corradini

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Human Rights Commission Awards 67M UGX to Victims of Security Brutality

Human Rights Commission Awards 67M UGX to Victims of Security Brutality

The Uganda Human Legal rights Commission (UHRC) tribunal has awarded Shillings 67 Million to seven victims of safety brutality in the Acholi and Lango Sub-locations.

The tribunal introduced the awards on Monday all through a session held at the Commission’s regional offices in Gulu Metropolis.

The victims experienced human legal rights violations fully commited by Police officers and Uganda People’s Defence Forces soldiers in between 2004 and 2009 resulting in loss of life, accidents, and loss of residence.

The Fee Chairperson Mariam Wangadya, who presided about the 4-panel member tribunal, noted that they discovered sizeable evidence of legal rights violations versus the complainants.

In one particular of its rulings, the tribunal awarded Shillings 35 million in payment to the family members of Thereza Adong, a resident of Omiya Anyima Sub-county in Kitgum District for her grotesque murder by UPDF troopers.

She mentioned that the victim was arrested on January 27, 2004, on allegations of charming one Paska Acan and was subjected to torture by law enforcement officers just before UPDF troopers from Omiya Anyima UPDF military services detach obtained involved and shot her dead.

“This was an intentional shooting as evidenced by the testimonies of the complainant and his witnesses. The tribunal is pleased that the respondent’s agent was on formal responsibility as a soldier. The tribunal, hence, holds that the state agent unlawfully brought about the dying of Adong Tereza, which was a violation of her legal rights,”

Reads component of the ruling.

“The respondent is purchased to fork out the estate of Adong Tereza a sum of 35 million Shillings as basic damages for the violation of Adong Tereza’s proper to life,”

Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) Chairperson Mariam Wangadya (L) and Shifra Lukwago, UHRC Commissioner through a tribunal hearing in Gulu City on Monday.

In a individual ruling, the tribunal awarded George Bush Okot and Stephen Bongomin, both equally inhabitants of Lapul Sub-county in Pader District Shillings 17 million for the torture they underwent at the palms of UPDF troopers on March 3, 2007.

Other victims incorporate Personal Francis Okello Ongom, a serving UPDF officer who was awarded Shillings 4 million for becoming tortured by his fellow troopers in November 2006 in Nisitu, South Sudan, and Cipriano Oola and Samuel Olal who ended up awarded Shillings 6 Million for becoming tortured by UPDF soldiers in 2009 from Pabbo in Amuru District.

Wangadya having said that told Uganda Radio network in an job interview that funding limited falls among other issues have influenced the procedure of the tribunal foremost to the gradual delivery of Justice. 

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She states the resumption of the tribunal listening to follows the modern funding they gained from Justice, Regulation and Purchase Sector (JLOS) amounting to Shillings 80 million to finance five periods across the region.

Wangadya appealed to persons who brought their complaints to the Commission to be patient and have hope that they will obtain justice.

John Owor, whose spouse was shot lifeless by UPDF soldiers in Kitgum district in 2004 lauded the tribunal ruling, indicating that Justice has finally been served.

“I experience contented with the ruling and delighted that Justice has been served. This has been long overdue considering that 2015,” .

He reported

This is the very first time in two decades that the tribunal is convening periods to listen to and produce rulings on circumstances lodged just before the Fee on human rights violations.

The Human legal rights tribunal resumed its functions early this month and is envisioned to handle 50 scenarios in Kampala, Gulu, Moroto, and Soroti.

In Gulu City, it will cope with 18 issues, all of which are against the Attorney General while 5 of the conditions will be for offering decisions, eight for defence hearings, three for even more hearings, and a single for amicable settlement.