Human Rights activism & Social Media

This period has been challenging to many Ugandans and especially the young people who have tried to exercise their fundamental freedoms and rights. The government has
suppressed whoever has tried to build democratic platforms and hundreds have been
tortured and disappeared as many lost their lives in the struggle. For instance, in the past years including the recent riots in Kampala, over 55 people civilians died due to police brutality and excessive use of force by heavily armed personnel. How can we use social media to bring about worldwide awareness to the injustices in Uganda?

Date: Friday 4 December 2020

Time: 19.30 Kampala time / 17.30 CET / 16.30 BST / 11.30 Eastern

Moderators: Nico Schoonderwoerd & Patricia Namyalo


Helen C Epstein

Author of Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda, and the War on Terror/ Visiting Professor Global Public Health and Human Rights at Bard College.

Helen Epstein has served as a consultant for such organizations as UNICEF, the World Bank and Human Rights Watch and writes frequently for The New York Review of Books, the Nation and other magazines.  She worked on health programs in Uganda from 1993-5 and in the 2000s, and has returned to the country many times as a reporter.  She has spoken about Uganda‚Äôs human rights crisis at the US State Department and at many US colleges and universities. 

Robert Amsterdam

He is the founding partner of Amsterdam & Partners LLP, a boutique international law firm with offices in London and Washington DC. The law firm is well known for its pro bono practice in human rights, including the defense of the award-winning democracy activist Dr. Chee Soon Juan of Singapore, Ilya Ponomarev, an exiled Russian State Duma Deputy, Maurice Kamto, leader of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, a Ugandan MP and opposition leader, and Tundu Lissu, leader of the CHADEMA party in Tanzania.

Dr. Daniel Kawuma

Dr. Daniel Kawuma (Pharm. D) is a Pharmacist currently practicing in the United States. He is a Founder and Board Chairman of Ugandan Diaspora Company (Temba) and the director of Diaspora Health Network.
He is a strong advocate for nurturing the ideals of internationalism & multiculturalism as a bridge towards global peace in addition to sowing the seeds of community service through volunteering and selfless leadership.

Many remain under arrest after Bobi Wine protests

We have found out that many of the people that were arrested following the Kyagulanyi arrest on 20 November are still in custody. They were not allowed to contact family members at police and were rushed to court and remanded without legal representation.

No. List of People Remanded by Magistrate Courts

1 Anwari, Yusuf

2 Anyela, Musa

3 Ariho, Emmanuel 

4 Asiimwe, Joshua 

5 Ategeka, Joseph 

6 Bailunda, Arafat

7 Bwambale, Godfrey

8 Byamukama, Tempson

9 Gumoshebe, Bebish

10 Kaggwa, Richard

11 Kakembo, Abbas

12 Kasadha, Moses 

13 Kasozi, Shafik 

14 Katabarwa, Aloysious

15 Kayemba, Musa

16 Kayiza, Anderson

17 Kibetion, Sadak 

18 Kizito, Hassan 

19 Kyeyune, Martin

20 Lubega, Ashiraf 

21 Lukyamuzi, Richard

22 Lukyamuzi, Sharif 

23 Marisimu, Brian

24 Masereka, Robert

25 Mayanja, Ronald 

26 Mpimbrya, Frank 

27 Mugume, Steven

28 Muhangi, Christopher 

29 Muhindo, Jimmy

30 Mukomba, Godfrey

31 Mulindwa, Yuda

32 Mutebi, Brian

33 Mwebaze, Onesmus

34 Mwesigye, Steven 

35 Namanya, Alex

36 Ndyamuhaki, Dan 

37 Nkalubo, Moses

38 Nkonwa, Murshid

39 Onyango, Emmanuel 

40 Othieno, Kennedy 

41 Semo, Eddy 

42 Sentamu, Muzamir 

43 Ssembatya, Sulaiman 

44 Ssempijja, Robert

45 Ssemusu, Gerald

46 Twesigye, Moses

47 Wasso, Arnold