On 18 November 2016, the UN Human Rights Council issued recommendations on torture and ill-treatment in Uganda through its Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The African Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (ACTV) and the IRCT lobbied States in Kampala and Geneva to make recommendations on ACTV's priority issues, which include implementation of the national anti torture law to provide rehabilitation and effective investigations of torture allegations and adoption of the OPCAT. The recommendations addressed the majority of our priority issues and we are now working on ensuring that the Ugandan Government implements these obligations.

Relevant documents:

ACTV briefing note on torture in Uganda

UPR recommendations to Uganda 

Video of UPR session on Uganda

Among the Key recommendations to Uganda were:

115.4. Adopt the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Regulation to operationalise the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act (Denmark);

115.5. Implement the law on prevention and prohibition of torture, whose definition of torture complies with the Convention against Torture, in order to ensure an effective system for preventing all forms of torture (Portugal);

115.6. Implement, in practice, the law on the prevention and prohibition of torture, including through the establishment of an effective system of prevention of all forms of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment (Switzerland);

115.7. Put in place the necessary regulations to ensure the full implementation of the Prohibition and Prevention of Torture Act 2012 and that appropriate training on the Act is carried out for security services to ensure its effective application (Ireland);

Ensure that the police force, the Directorate of Public Prosecution and the Uganda Human Rights Commission investigate all allegations of torture to hold perpetrators accountable (Denmark);

115.87. Conduct full and transparent investigations into alleged cases of excessive use of force by security agents especially during and after the 2016 elections, ensuring accountability for possible human rights violations (Austria);

115.88.  Investigate all alleged acts of torture and hold accountable state security agents who are found culpable (Ghana);

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