No justice in Uganda bloody skirmish
Story from: CAJ News Africa
From HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – RIGHTS groups have called for a probe to the killing of some 100 people during clashes between security forces and a militia linked to a tribal king in western Uganda last November.
The deaths, including 16 police officers and 15 children, were a result of two days of fighting after the royal guard of the Rwenzururu kingdom attacked patrolling security forces.
The government arrested and charged more than 180 people, including the cultural institution’s king, known as the Omusinga, with murder, treason, and terrorism, among other charges.
Rights groups decried that while security had responded brutality, none of the 180 are members of the police or military had been charged.
Security forces have denied accusations.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) is demanding impartial fact-finding mission with international expertise.
“The assault on the palace in Kasese, which killed more people than any single event since the height of the war in Northern Uganda over a decade ago, should not be swept under the carpet,” said Maria Burnett, associate Africa director at HRW.
She said people in Kasese were still looking for their family members, including children, and they deserved answers and justice for the killings.
“Also, the killing of police is a tragedy. Families should continue receiving compensation.”
– CAJ News
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