Human Rights

Besigye and Otunnu ask the world to support human rights in Uganda


KPFA Evening News, 03.02.2014

Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former leader of Uganda's Forum for Democratic Change, was also the party's presidential candidate in the country's last three elections. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act into law on 02.26.2014, after news and argument over it had topped international headlines about Uganda for nearly five years. Ugandan opposition leader and three time presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye became one of the first non-gay leaders to speak out against it, but he also said that the West should have sanctioned Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni years ago for violating the fundamental human right to life. University of Connecticut Professor Olara Otunnu added that the U.S. had instead bankrolled Museveni as he massacred Ugandans and citizens of neighboring countries. 

Criminalizing human rights: Barbara Allimadi on Museveni's Uganda


On 07.07.2012, human rights activist Barbara Allimadi spoke to AfrobeatRadio about the ban on public assembly, the ban on 38 local and international human rights organizations accused of "promoting homosexuality," and other human rights abuses in Uganda, one of the U.S.A.'s most longstanding allies and "military partners," more colloquially known as proxies. On WBAI, 99.5fm-New York City, and streaming online.


Barbara Allimadi surrounded by Ugandan police during one of her many recent arrests.



Oil, African Genocide, and the USA's LRA Excuse


KPFA Evening News, 12.04.2010
On Wednesday, November 24th, 2010, President Obama sent Congress his plan to mobilize Uganda's army, the Uganda People's Defense Force, to cross its northern border into the Central African Republic and Southern Sudan, to disarm the Lord's Resistance Army, a militia that has been fighting the Ugandan government for over 20 years. The White House issued a statement saying:
“The development of the strategy, relied on the significant involvement of the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the US Agency for International Development and the Intelligence Community."   --White House "Strategy to Support the Disarmament of the Lord's Resistance Army," posted to the website of the Pulitzer Center

General Bosco Ntaganda is a Rwandan



KPFA Evening News, 05.28.2012

​East African military commander Bosco Ntaganda is a Rwandan. Why, amidst the new escalation of violence driving villagers from their homes in eastern Congo, are most of the world's wire services and news outlets reporting that he is Congolese?  And, why does Human Rights Watch, in their 05.13.2012 video, call for his arrest, but identify him first as a "rebel," then as a "Congolese general," but never as an invader from Rwanda?  


U.S. in Uganda: $50 million more to help Museveni hunt Kony???



KPFA Evening News, 05.26.2012

Despite worsening human rights abuse in Uganda, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee voted, on May 24th, to include another $50 million, in the draft version of the fiscal 2013 Defense bill, for surveillance and intelligence support to Ugandan troops, U.S. Green Berets and Navy Seals, who are, according to the Obama Administration, hunting East African warlord Joseph Kony.


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