Opposition Applauds US Sanctions on Uganda’s Prisons Chief for Human Rights Violations

KAMPALA, PARLIAMENT –The opposition has welcomed the sanctions recently imposed by the United States government on Uganda’s Commissioner General of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabasheija.

Addressing journalists today, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba, said such sanctions provide an opportunity to hold all people involved in human rights violations accountable, for the way they exercise authority while in positions of power.

Mpuuga, further noted that Uganda is part of the global family of humans, and matters that concern Ugandans whose rights are being violated by people in positions of protection and responsibility, is a very serious matter. He observed that all kinds of torture against prisoners represents violation and that as the opposition, they welcome these sanctions, because they offer the necessary lessons to all human rights violators.

Last week, Byabasheija was sanctioned by the US Department of Treasury over allegations of torture of prisoners.In its statement, US Treasury Department said that during Byabashaija’s term of office, members of the Uganda Prisons Service have engaged in torture and other serious human rights abuse against prisoners held within their facilities.