Webinar on Human Rights in Uganda

Taking action to raise awareness and build a new Uganda that is inclusive of all Ugandans through effective dialogue.

Date: Friday 6th November 2020

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


Dr Lina Zedriga

Dr. Lina Zedriga Waro Abuku is a Lawyer, University lecturer and distinguished social activist. She is the Deputy Leader of People Power|NUP deputy Principal in charge of mobilization. She has worked as a mentor with various advocacy groups doing research on various issues pertaining to crimes of genocide, war and crimes against Humanity. She is an empowering and inspirational leader who holds non-negotiable values of transparency, accountability and consistency.

Helen 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’s human rights crisis at the US State Department and at many US colleges and universities.  

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

Forum for Democratic Change | Author and Writer for Black Star News. He was picked up from his home and tortured by CMI on two different occasions prompting the State Department to call for his immediate release. His debut novel “The Greedy Barbarian” appeared in March, 2020. It was widely seen as satire of the incompetence, corruption, and repression under Yoweri Museveni’s government. Three weeks after it appeared, Kakwenza was arrested and detained by Uganda’s notorious Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI). For seven days he was questioned, tortured, and denied contact with his family and lawyers. He narrates his ordeal of torture in the book “BANANA REPUBLIC: Where Writing is Treasonous”.

Nico Schoonderwoerd

Dr. Nico Schoonderwoerd is a physicist, works in the financial industry, and is one of the co-founders of Freedom Uganda.

Milton Allimadi

Human Rights and economic justice campaigner. Ugandan nationalist and a Pan-African in the spirit of Kwame Nkrumah and Julius Nyerere. Publishes Black Star News and hosts a weekly radio show on WBAI New York 99.5 FM. Allimadi is an Adjunct Professor of African History at John Jay College of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Torture Abolition And Survivors Support Coalition

Tassc works alongside torture victims and their families worldwide to end the practice of torture wherever it occurs, and offers survivors support as they pay it forward and empower themselves, their families and their communities to overcome what they have been through.

Moderator: Patricia Namyalo

Ugandan Human Rights Activist, co-founder Freedom Uganda, Unite Here Local 25 leader, Workers’ Rights and Labor Rights Defender.