Monthly Archives: April 2014

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UGANDA: NEW LAW TO STOP NGO’s PROMOTING HOMOSEXUALITY

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There are some NGOs who have come here to undermine us, to promote very bad behaviour like homosexuality,” junior internal affairs minister, James Baba told Reuters on Monday.

“As a responsible government we need to check that. They (NGOs) will not be able to do that when we pass this new law.”

The new law will require all charities to declare to the government their annual budgets, their sources of income and will also be obligated to present accountability for any funds received from those sources at the end of every year.

In addition, foreign NGO’s will be prohibited from commenting on any Ugandan political movements, with Mr Baba saying: “It is for Ugandans to say whether Musevini should rule or should not rule. As a foreign NGO, what stake do you have in our politics?”

The law is currently being studied by the cabinet before being introduced in Parliament, there os no doubt the proposal will find support in the parliament.

In power since 1986, Museveni has come under increasing censure for his growing repression of opposition and failure to reign in corruption that has affected vital public services.

Local and international rights groups have been especially vocal in highlighting mounting violence against members of opposition and the impunity enjoyed by corrupt officials loyal to Museveni, who they say is eager to close all key platforms that give a voice to civil society.

Last year parliament, which is heavily dominated by the ruling party, passed a public order management law that requires any group of more than three people meeting to discuss politics to first seek permission from the police chief.

A Kampala-based human rights lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo, said the law was aimed at blunting NGOs’ criticism of government corruption.

“What is happening is that rather than use brute force, Museveni’s politics is increasingly dependent on use of money to win elections,” he said.

“So in order for them to have a free hand in spending public resources to buy votes in the next election, what do you do? You begin to restrict NGOs.” (Editing by James Macharia; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

In power since 1986, Museveni has come under increasing censure for his growing repression of opposition and failure to reign in corruption that has affected vital public services.HOPE 4 UGANDA

Local and international rights groups have been especially vocal in highlighting mounting violence against members of opposition and the impunity enjoyed by corrupt officials loyal to Museveni, who they say is eager to close all key platforms that give a voice to civil society.

Last year parliament, which is heavily dominated by the ruling party, passed a public order management law that requires any group of more than three people meeting to discuss politics to first seek permission from the police chief.

A Kampala-based human rights lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo, said the law was aimed at blunting NGOs’ criticism of government corruption.

“What is happening is that rather than use brute force, Museveni’s politics is increasingly dependent on use of money to win elections,” he said.

“So in order for them to have a free hand in spending public resources to buy votes in the next election, what do you do? You begin to restrict NGOs.” (Editing by James Macharia; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

Read the article on Reuters

 

 

Cameroon: Statement on CONVICTION OF JOURNALIST FOR DEFAMATION BY THE COURT OF BAMENDA IN THE REGION OF NORTHWEST CAMEROON.

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STATEMENT

 

Douala, April 28, 2014: CONVICTION OF MR AMUNGWA TANYI Nicodemus Journalist CAMEROON AND DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATION OF THE PRIVATE WEEKLY MONITOR FOR DEFAMATION BY THE COURT OF BAMENDA IN THE REGION OF NORTHWEST CAMEROON.

March 10, 2014, Mr. Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus was sentenced by the Court of Bamenda to four months in prison and 10 million CFA francs in damages, Mr. Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus is being held in a prison in Bamenda.

His lawyer barrister Yijofmen Kol said he appealed the conviction and a hearing was supposed to be today.

A complaint of the Cameroon Cooperative Credit Union League (CAMCCUL), a network of microfinance institutions, has been led against Mr. Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus for a series of articles published in The Monitor articles. The articles have alleged, among other things, that officials said institution have used and distributed unlicensed software, misappropriated funds and acts of corruption, according to a copy of the judgment obtained by CPJ. CAMCCUL denied these allegations.

A call which would have been sent since December 16, 2013, journalist never received notification of proceedings against him said his lawyer Me Yijofmen Kol however, the Court issued an arrest warrant against the journalist after announcement of the verdict, and the journalist was arrested by the police According to the judgment, the court also accused Mr. Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus for not having responded to Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital before being brought to a prison Bamenda.

Thus, the Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa (REDHAC)

–        Is concerned by the use of archaic and underhanded methods to muzzle journalists

–        Rejects firmly all methods of intimidation and harassment of journalists in Cameroon.

Finally,

–        Asks the Cameroonian authorities to lift the sanction hanging over Mr. Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus;

–        Demand the unconditional release of the Ombudsman for Human Rights incarcerated in prison Bamenda.

Made in Douala, the 28 April 2014

Roch Euloge N’zobo, secretary on the board of asministration od REDHAC                      

Ibrahimu Salumu Célestin,  Focal Point REDHAC  Republic of Congo                                  

Maximilienne Ngo Mbe,   Executive Director of REDHAC

Chad: Intimidation and death threat against Defender of Human Rights and President of the Association of Victims of Crimes Plan Hissène Habré (AVCRHH)

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 REDHAC PRESS RELEASE

Douala, April 28, 2014: Intimidation and death threat against Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement Defender of Human Rights and President of the Association of Victims of Crimes Plan Hissène Habré ( AVCRHH ) in Chad.
The Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa (REDHAC) is informed reliable source of intimidation faced by human rights defenders in Chad and in particular Mr Abaifouta Dohkot Clement.

The facts:
For 5 nights from 31 March to 4 April 2014, unidentified individuals were stationed around his house, 11:30 pm to 1: 30 am. All these events took place while Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement was on mission in the context of his work.
Surprised by this behavior, the neighbor across the street believed on a movement of  thieves, followed through the hole of the door, the movements of intruders thereafter, he inquires from  the wife of Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement , this neighbor was  alerted by continuous barking of his dogs.

Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement alerted by his wife while he was on a mission, and immediately he called one of his lawyers, barrister Lambi Soulgan who calls the senior judge who in his turn put him in contact with the deputy director of the police,who promised to call but unfortunately  did not hold his promise.
Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement informed the Minister of Justice through his chief of staff, same story while he continues to wait for something to be done but nothing is done.
We remind you that Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement fellow loan file on crimes Plans of

Hissène Habré being in N’Djamena and Dakar.
The Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa (REDHAC) is concerned by the lack of response of Chadian authorities consulted by Mr. Clement at these effet, and:

 

  • Challenged the Chadian authorities so that the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement and his family is preserved.

 

  • Reminds Chadian authorities that the right to life is inherent in the human person and it is their responsibility to take all necessary steps to preserve the life of Mr. Abaifouta Dohkot Clement and his family.

 

At the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR):

  • To require the Chadian Government Respect and enforcement of treaties, agreements and other instruments of Human Rights ratified by them.
  • Implement and enforce agreements, conventions, protocols and other instruments relating to the protection of the Human Rights Defenders ratified by Chad.