Torture in Uganda: State Failure And A Case Of Old Habits Die Hard

This publication was authored by: Patricia Twasiima Bigirwa

Abstract / Summary

This analysis will attempt to provide some insight into Uganda’s long and troubled history of torture by post-independence governments. It will also explain the current position and policy on torture in Uganda by the government as well as assess the government’s ability and willingness to enforce the punishment of torture by state officials. The paper will also explore the question of impunity and the need for punishment of individuals who perform acts of torture and holding the State accountable for failure in the duty to protect against human rights violations. Finally, the paper will assess the relevance of thePrevention and Prohibition of Torture Act passed in 2012 and give recommendations on what Parliament can do to prevent and hold governmentmore accountable for the acts of torture.