May 3, 2011

Uganda: "Walk-to-Work" Protests


Kampala has been the epicenter of demonstrations against the spiraling cost of living in the country. Protesters around the capital have joined in “walk-to-work” protests that resulted in riots after opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, who has been defiantly staging these protests, was arrested in a violent manner on April 28th. The government previously banned demonstrations and the use of violence to control protests is reportedly increasing. The Kenyan-based International Centre for Policy and Conflict (ICPC) has released a statement calling for an urgent intervention to the human rights violations that are escalating in Uganda. The Executive Director of the ICPC stated, “There is no freedom in Uganda. There are serious violations of freedom of expression and assembly.” At Life for Mothers, we will be watching the situation closely and hope the government takes the necessary steps to protect the rights of its citizens. Read the article here.

Did you know?

Maternal mortality is the health indicator that shows the widest gaps between rich and poor, both between and within countries.

Source:World Health Organization, 2010

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