Uganda Police Must Ensure Security and Stop Women Murders
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Women in Uganda need security to go about their business without fear for their lives at any time of day or night. Since May, women in Entebbe and Nansana in the Wakiso district have been targeted for murder. As of September 4, 2017, twenty-one women have been murdered without credible arrests or justice. Bereaved families and communities are left in fear and confusion.
We implore Uganda police to do more and investigate, protect communities and restore security.
We reject police claims that they arrested the people responsible for the murders, while murders in the same areas have continued. We call upon the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kale Kayihura to investigate and bring to justice those responsible for the murders.
We reject police dismissal of the magnitude of loss and insecurity communities experience by claiming that the murderers targeted prostitutes, as though prostitutes don't have equal rights to life. These murdered women are citizens, mothers, sisters, partners, daughters, traders, and school girls.
We call upon the IGP, Kale Kayihura, to respect the constitutional provisions for citizens to assemble. Last week, women organisations and supporters planned a prayer vigil in solidarity with the families whose daughters, sisters, wives, friends, and neighbours were murdered, but Uganda police blocked them and denied them permit to assemble.
Women in Uganda are equal citizens protected by the constitution, and Uganda police must respect and protect women's lives.
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