Uganda Police Block Nude Protest

October 14, 2015 4:06 pm0 comments by:

The police in Uganda have blocked a group of women from carrying out a demonstration.
The women were intending to demonstrate against the police for stripping naked an official of the Forum for Democratic Change. The police over the weekend caused uproar over the manner in which they arrested a lady. Video recording show the police struggling to undress Zaina Fatuma during the arrest of FDC officials who were enroute to western Uganda to launch a party activity.
This morning police barricaded the office where they had gathered with the intention of marching to parliament to vent out their anger.
Below is a protest letter that they have written to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga
Re: Brutal Arrest of Zaina Fatuma.
On the 10th day of October,2015, our comrade and FDC NEC member,Zaina Fatuma was brutally arrested and undressed by the Uganda police in the open public with full view of cameras. We, women of uganda and mothers of this nation,we condemn the despicable and horrendous manner in which our colleague was arrested. We contend that the act of police offended the modesty of women, denigrated the cultural values of mothers and was tantamount to a terrorist attack upon the tenets of civilization.
The mode of arrest depicted the uganda police as being insensitive to the constitutional rights of Ugandans, was an act of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment. This is against both the domestic and international human rights conventions to which uganda is a signatory.
We observe a deliberately choreographed pattern by uganda police to denigrate women politicians and activists as a way of possibly dissuading, intimidating, preventing and terrorising us from participating in the political processes of our country. We recall with horror and consternation how Ingrid Turinawe’s breast was squeezed by male police officers. Our memories are still fresh with pictures of Nalongo Nansimbwa Hamida being arrested and getting stripped naked in due course. And before our tears dry,we are witnessing a similar episode being carried out on Zaina Fatuma.
An attack on women is an attack on the nation! and as such, the nation will rise up to resist these uncivilized and barbaric acts of institutions that are ironically supposed to be gatekeepers of the rights and freedoms of Ugandans.
We want to assure the country and the police force that no amount of undressing, humiliation, torture, blackmail and sabotage shall derail us from asserting our rights and occupying our due space in both public and private life, and police’s unlawful acts shall be construed not as an act of deterrence but as an energizer to soldier on with much more vigor, gusto and enthusiasm.
We strictly say enough is enough! The undressing of mothers of the nation stops now!
DEMANDS:
1-To this regard we call for the immediate resignation of IGP Kale Kayihura, over the Continued attack on the modesty of woman.
2- The Professional Standards unit of the police must reprimand the police officers who were involved in this barbaric act. We equally call upon the DPP to insititute criminal charges against the errant police officers who tortured and molested an innocent woman.
4-We invite women organizations, human rights organisations especially the uganda human rights commission,the Uganda law society,the diplomatic community to put pressure to bear against the police officers who denigrate women so that they can be brought to book, to act as a deterrence and punitive measure against them and to send a strong signal to those with intent to undermine women rights in future.
5-We call upon members of parliament who pretend to represent our views to handle this issues as a matter of urgency and emergency.
6- We call upon the citizens of Uganda to join us by raising up to call for the resignation of the IGP.
WE RESOLVE TO PROTECT OURSELVES.
For God and My Country.

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