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Regime Defies Habeas Corpus Hearing, Detains Activists Without Legal Representation

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Activists demand justice during a protest, highlighting the urgent need for accountability and legal rights in the face of governmental impunity

In a brazen display of disregard for legal procedure, the regime covertly transported two activists, Comrade Masaba Fostine and Mumbya Hussein, to a Njeru Court where they were swiftly charged and remanded to Bugungu Y.P Prison Farm in Buikwe district. This move, orchestrated without the presence of their legal team or family members, underscores a troubling pattern of evasion of Habeas Corpus hearings by the authorities.

Despite the scheduled hearing today, which should have provided an opportunity for legal scrutiny and transparency, the regime’s actions reflect a flagrant abuse of power and a disregard for fundamental legal rights. By sidestepping the established legal process, they have deprived the accused of their right to fair trial and legal representation, further exacerbating concerns about the erosion of democratic norms and the rule of law.

The detention of Comrade Masaba Fostine and Mumbya Hussein, without proper legal recourse, raises serious questions about the motives behind their arrest and the potential for arbitrary use of state authority to suppress dissenting voices. It also highlights the vulnerability of activists and individuals perceived as challenging the status quo, who often face intimidation, harassment, and unlawful detention.

The absence of transparency surrounding their arrest and subsequent detention is deeply concerning, particularly in light of previous attempts by the regime to evade accountability through similar tactics. This pattern of behavior not only undermines the credibility of the legal system but also erodes trust in the government’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and protecting the rights of its citizens.

As calls for accountability and justice grow louder, it is imperative that the international community closely monitors the situation and holds the regime accountable for its actions. The arbitrary detention of activists and the flouting of legal procedures must not go unchallenged, as they represent a grave threat to the principles of democracy and human rights.

In the face of such blatant disregard for legal norms and basic human rights, it is incumbent upon all defenders of justice and freedom to demand transparency, accountability, and the immediate release of Comrade Masaba Fostine and Mumbya Hussein. Anything less would be a betrayal of the values we hold dear and a tacit endorsement of authoritarianism.

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