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Uganda: Bobi Wine recordsdata detention grievance at UN


The opposition chief has been underneath de facto home arrest by safety forces in Kampala since Friday.

Ugandan opposition chief Bobi Wine, who’s underneath de facto home arrest by the navy, has filed an arbitrary detention grievance to the United Nations.

“Nigerian human rights lawyer Femi Falana has filed this grievance on my behalf to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Arrest. We’re difficult my continued unlawful confinement by the Ugandan police and the navy,” he tweeted on Wednesday.

Bobi Wine’s residence in Kampala has been surrounded by the military since Friday, a day after Uganda performed presidential elections wherein Bobi Wine competed towards President Yoweri Museveni.

Longtime president Museveni, 76, was re-elected with nearly 59 p.c of the vote, adopted by 38-year-old Bobi Wine, with roughly 35 p.c.

The opposition chief, whose actual title is Robert Kyagulanyi, mentioned he’ll legally contest the results of the presidential election, alleging “widespread fraud” through the January 14 polls, seen as Uganda’s first election wherein there was an actual menace to Museveni’s rule.

Museveni, one among Africa’s longest-serving leaders, has retained energy for 35 years. He modified Uganda’s structure to allow himself to run for one more five-year time period.

The election had been overshadowed by violence since campaigning started, with nearly each day violence.

The web was shut down throughout the nation shortly earlier than the beginning of voting. It has since returned, although social media stays unavailable.

On Thursday, Human Rights Watch mentioned the lead as much as elections have been characterised by widespread violence and human rights abuses.

“A democratic taking part in subject at no cost and truthful elections was worryingly absent throughout these elections,” Oryem Nyeko, Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch, mentioned.

“As an alternative of proscribing free expression, motion, and meeting, the Ugandan authorities ought to take concrete steps to enhance respect for human rights for all and take away all remaining restrictions,” Nyeko added.