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Uganda: Bobi Wine files complaint for arbitrary detention with UN | Uganda News

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The opposition leader has been under de facto house arrest by security forces in Kampala since Friday.

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine, who is de facto under house arrest by the military, has filed a complaint of arbitrary detention with the United Nations.

“Nigerian human rights lawyer Femi Falana has filed this complaint on my behalf with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Arrests. We challenge my continued illegal detention by the Ugandan police and army, ”he tweeted on Wednesday.

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

Longtime President Museveni, 76, was re-elected with almost 59% of the vote, followed by Bobi Wine, 38, with around 35%.

The opposition leader, real name Robert Kyagulanyi, has said he will legally challenge the presidential election result, alleging “widespread fraud” in the Jan. 14 poll, considered Uganda’s first election in the country. during which there was a real threat to Museveni’s power.

Museveni, one of Africa’s oldest rulers, held power for 35 years. He changed Uganda’s constitution to allow himself to run for another five-year term.

The elections have been overshadowed by violence since the start of the campaign, with violence almost daily.

The internet was shut down across the country shortly before voting began. He has since returned, although social media remains unavailable.

On Thursday, Human Rights Watch said preparations for the elections were characterized by widespread violence and human rights violations.

“A democratic playing field for free and fair elections was woefully absent during these elections,” said Oryem Nyeko, Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch.

“Instead of restricting freedom of expression, movement and assembly, the Ugandan government should take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights for all and remove any remaining restrictions,” Nyeko added.


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