TASSC Worldwide Assertion on the Abduction of Ugandan Human Rights Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo and Fellow Attorneys

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WASHINGTON, December 22, 2020 / PRNewswire / – TASSC International has learned that Ugandan human rights activist Nicholas Opiyo was kidnapped today, December 22, 2020, at a restaurant in the Kamwokya area (Uganda) with a group of other human rights lawyers – Dakasi Herbert, Odur Anthony and Esomu Obure – from unidentified Ugandan security forces. Mr. Opiyo is the respected Executive Director of Chapter 4, a civil liberties organization dedicated to promoting human rights and pro-democracy activism Uganda. We are deeply concerned about this arrest and especially concerned that he is being held without contact with the outside world in an undisclosed location where his safety could be seriously compromised.

Mr Opiyo and his colleagues have been actively investigating a number of murders by Ugandan security forces in mid-November. How too often in UgandaUgandan police claim that Mr. Opiyo has been detained on the basis of an investigation into trumped-up charges that are used as an excuse for political persecution. He is being held without due process and without acceptable protection from the law.

This is because Mr Opiyo recently announced that he would appeal to the government Uganda Decision to write to Google and Facebook asking to remove YouTube channels and Facebook pages from political opposition and human rights activists.

The situation in Uganda gets out of control when Uganda is preparing for presidential elections in January 2021. More murders, illegal detentions, beatings on ordinary Ugandan citizens and attacks on the political arena are observed at an alarming rate.

TASSC condemns this illegal abduction and calls on the Ugandan authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mr Opiyo and his colleagues and to stop the violation of the rights of the Ugandan people.

TASSC (Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition) International is a non-profit organization that helps torture survivors from around the world and denounces torture wherever it is practiced.

Léonce Byimana
Managing Director of TASSC International
[email protected]
802 275 8904

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