Article 29 Threatened: A Critical Dissection of Various Laws Passed that Undermine Fundamental Freedoms of Speech, Expression and Assembly

Under national, regional and international laws, Uganda is obligated to respect the right to freedom of speech, expression and assembly of all persons. Article 29 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda 1995, guarantees protection of these individual rights—which include freedom of the press, media practitioners, civil society organizations (CSOs) and all political groupings. The article also contains freedom of religion—which has over the years been observed relatively consistently, with minimal interferences from state agencies. However, this paper shall only concentrate on the rights of freedom of speech, conscience, expression and assembly.