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Human Rights Activists Demand Resignation of UHRC Chairperson Mrs. Mariam Wangadya

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Human Rights Activists Demand Resignation of UHRC Chairperson Mrs. Mariam Wangadya

Date: May 20, 2024

By: CMP Publications Henry Luwia

The Resurgence Network for Human Rights (RNHR) in Canada, led by Director Clinton Mirrors, has issued a stark ultimatum to Mrs. Mariam Wangadya, Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC). In their latest statement, RNHR demands that Mrs. Wangadya step down from her position immediately or be counted among dictators and human rights abusers.

Background
Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine and President of the National Unity Platform (NUP), filed a complaint with the UHRC on December 7, 2018. His complaint detailed severe human rights violations, including the blocking of his music concerts, confiscation of music equipment, and the denial of livelihood opportunities for his supporters due to their political affiliation. Despite the gravity of these allegations, Kyagulanyi’s complaint remained unaddressed for over five years.

UHRC’s Failures and Mrs. Wangadya’s Misconduct
The RNHR’s statement highlights numerous human rights abuses against NUP supporters, including arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings, detentions without trial, torture, rape, sodomy in detention, and enforced disappearances. Despite these serious complaints, the UHRC has failed to take effective action, allowing security agencies to continue these violations with impunity.

Particularly troubling are the public statements and behavior of Mrs. Wangadya. During the recent hearing, her dismissive and mocking responses to Kyagulanyi’s claims, and her insensitive remarks to the families of missing persons, have further eroded public trust in the UHRC. The RNHR has condemned her conduct as both unprofessional and inhumane.

Ultimatum to Mrs. Wangadya
In their statement, RNHR has called for Mrs. Wangadya to resign from her position as Chairperson of the UHRC. “Mrs. Wangadya’s actions have shown a clear bias and lack of empathy, undermining the Commission’s mandate to protect human rights,” said Clinton Mirrors, Director of RNHR. “If she does not step down, she will be counted among dictators and human rights abusers.”

The RNHR emphasizes that the UHRC must recommit to its constitutional mandate of protecting and promoting human rights without fear or favor. The international community is also urged to hold the Ugandan government accountable for these human rights abuses and to ensure that justice is served for all victims.

Conclusion
The Resurgence Network for Human Rights stands in solidarity with Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi and all victims of human rights violations in Uganda. The RNHR’s ultimatum to Mrs. Wangadya underscores the urgent need for accountability and integrity within the UHRC. As Clinton Mirrors stated, “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

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