Petition seeks Besigye release, Museveni trial at ICC


Uganda Diaspora P10 has filed an online petition to the International Communities in liue of the alleged prevailing gross human rights violation in Uganda and military occupation of the state.

“We, the undersigned members of the Uganda Diaspora P10, human rights and democracy advocates,” the petition reads.

It alleges that February 18, 2016, Uganda election was marred by wanton violence, intimidation, disappearance and murder of opposition members by security forces.

It also alleges that the atmosphere preceding February 18, 2016, elections were characterized by militarization, military occupation of the state, and severe restrictions on the fundamental freedoms of all Ugandans, and especially those of the FDC political leaders and their agents all over Uganda.

“We recognise the roles of International Criminal Court ( ICC) as enshrined in the Rome Statute and the need for Uganda to commit to the values of the ICC as an institution for accountability against gross crimes against humanity, for which Mr. Museveni must be tried for war crimes and genocide in, Congo and Northern Uganda and lately South Sudan.”

They also claim the intimidation, frequent arbitrary detention of Dr. Kizza Besigye, the flag bearer of the FDC Party prevented him from accessing justice to petition with sufficient evidence to challenge the fraudulent elections.

“The Human Rights Peace and Education Center (HURIPEC) and Human Rights Watch (HRW), Chapter Four Uganda & Amnesty international have all expressed deep concern over the continued detention of FDC President, Dr. Kizza Besigye in his home as having no legal basis in Ugandan law, constitutes arbitrary detention and violates basic human right to freedom of expression and association.”

The petition further claims that the situation in Uganda has degenerated into gross human rights abuse, a break down the enforcement of law and order, and subsequent arrest, deportation, imprisonment and irregular charging of Opposition leader, Dr. Kizza Besigye Kifefe with treason.

The petitioners appeal to the international community to defer recognising General Museveni’s claim to a new term of office until an international audit of February 18, 2016, election is done.

“…call for immediate and unconditional release of FDC President, Dr. Kizza Besigye. (c) Call on General Yoweri Museveni to withdraw the Ugandan People’s Defense Force (UPDF) from Kampala city and major urban centers.”

They also call on General Museveni, the UPDF, Police and Government directed vigilantes to respect the rights of citizens to free assembly, association, worship and speech.

They further call on General Museveni and security forces to stop political persecution of opposition candidates and their followers throughout the country.

They want the international community to suspend any co-operations and transactions with Uganda until the rule of law and respect for human rights are addressed.

“…Suspend the deportation of all Ugandans under your custody and consider providing political asylum to all Ugandans who are genuinely at risk of facing torture, arbitrary arrests, denial of justice, and being killed by the armed forces of Uganda; should be also grant asylum and any form of immigration assistance to Ugandan already in their countries  and those fleeing political persecution from the regime.”

They also appealed to the international community to recognise the leadership of Besigye as the legitimate head of state of the Republic of Uganda and demand for his immediate release from prison.

“Provide direct support to civil society organizations and opposition political Parties to strengthen their capacity to advocate for the restoration of peace, justice, respect for human rights, democracy, and civilian rule in Uganda.”

“Suspend all program support to train, equip and facilitate the Uganda justice law and order sector. For failure to ensure access to justice, lack of independence, corruption and being used as an instrument of persecution.”

“Present a resolution to the UN renouncing, Museveni’s attack on a vital UN organ: the ICC from which Uganda derives enormous benefits, has officers and presented cases which are in the judicial process. Such attacks are sub judicial and jeopardize the credibility of the ongoing trials and process.”

The petitioners led by Moses Atocon Atyekwo had written to the Dutch government on the matter.

The Foreign Affairs minister of the Netherlands responded to the letter.

Meanwhile, the online petition is short of eight signatures to hit its target 500 signatures.

Full petition here: http://chn.ge/1RZlunR

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