Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has submitted a criticism to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UN-WGAD) over the continued home arrest of Ugandan opposition determine, Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly generally known as Bobi Wine.
Mr Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, disclosed this and made a replica of the criticism accessible in mails despatched to newsmen and a few journalists Tuesday.
Mr Falana urged the UN-WGAD, an affiliate physique of the worldwide organisation, the United Nations (UN), to “initiate a procedure involving the investigation of the case of Mr. Wine together with his wife and his domestic staff”.
Aside from demanding the rapid launch of Mr Wine and different detained individuals, Mr Falana requested the group to “send an allegation letter to the Government of Uganda inquiring about the case generally” and lift spexific questions “about the legal basis for his arrest, detention, and/or degrading treatment, each of which is in violation of international law”.
He requested the UN group to problem “an opinion declaring that the deprivation of liberty and detention of Mr Wine, together with his wife and domestic staff is arbitrary and in violation of Uganda’s Constitution and obligations under international human rights law”.
Ugandan safety forces had reportedly laid siege to Mr Wine’s home since Thursday’s controversial election which returned 76-year-old President Yoweri Museveni to workplace for a sixth time period.
Mr Wine, his spouse, Barbara Kyagulanyi, kids and home employees, have been mentioned to have been detained in the home after he forged his vote on Thursday.
The pop-star-turned-politician, 38, has repeatedly skilled harrassmsent, arrest and detention by Ugandan safety businesses within the interval resulting in the just-concluded election during which he polled 34.eight per cent of the votes.
Mr Falana said in his petition to the UN-WGAD that the Ugandan authorities “is arbitrarily depriving activist, musician, Journalist, and politician, Bobi Wine of his liberty and continue to arbitrarily put him and his wife, Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi under house arrest”.
According to him, the detention is unfair under Category I as it’s “clearly impossible to invoke any legal basis justifying the deprivation of liberty.”
He added that it violated Article 9(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), “which guarantees the right to liberty and freedom from arbitrary detention.”
He said that Mr Wine, the presidential candidate of the National Unity Platform (NUP) within the Ugandan presidential election, had been detained incommunicado and with out entry to the skin world together with his legal professionals.
Mr Falana added, “Mr. Wine and his wife are being illegally detained for days without any criminal charges preferred against him. He has also been denied adequate supply of food by hundreds of Uganda military forces and policemen who have laid siege to his house for the umpteenth time since the election day.
“I am therefore seeking an opinion from the Working Group finding the house arrest and continuing detention of Mr. Wine and his wife to be arbitrary and in violation of Uganda’s Constitution of 1995 (as amended) and obligations under international human rights law including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which Uganda is a state party.”
Among his prayers particularly directed on the Ugandan authorities, Mr Falana referred to as for “the immediate and unconditional lifting of the house arrest enforced on Mr. Wine, his wife and domestic staff.”
He additionally requested that the Ugandan authorities “investigate and hold accountable all military and police officers and security agents suspected to be responsible for the unlawful arrest, continued detention, and degrading treatment of Mr. Wine, together with his wife and others.”
The senior Nigerian lawyer additionally requested the Ugandan authorities to instantly withdraw the army and police forces “currently laying siege in the premises of Mr Wine.”
He additionally requested the Ugandan authorities to permit Mr Wine and spouse have entry to legal professionals and medical doctors.
The lawyer additionally requested that Ugandan authorities award Mr Wine, his spouse and others “adequate compensation for the violations they have suffered as a result of their unlawful arrest, arbitrary detention, and torture and other ill-treatment.”