The Uganda Law Society (ULS) has issued a strongly-worded statement on what it describes as the “abuse of human dignity by the Uganda Police Force”.
The statement signed by the society’s president, Francis Gimara, comes amid public uproar after police officers were filmed mercilessly beating up Besigye supporters.
“Acts of violence towards unarmed citizens by those who have a duty under the law to protect life and property are a dereliction of duty, violation of the Constitution and criminal,” the statement partly reads.
ULS has called for open, transparent and meaningful public investigations of the incidents from Tuesday and Wednesday filmed and broadcast by NBS TV.
The police have also been encouraged to institute a process of establishing an independent police complaints board while victims have been advised to file complaints with the Uganda Human Rights Commission for appropriate redress.