The raid of several private media outlets by Ugandan police is an unacceptable attack on press freedom, which is protected by the nation’s constitution, and is a clear attempt by authorities to restrict criticism of the president or members of his government. Freedom House calls on Ugandan authorities to allow the media organizations to reopen and to conduct their work without interference.
Freedom House welcomes a Ugandan court’s decision Wednesday to drop charges against British theater producer David Cecil, who staged a play about homosexuality, but reiterates its call for an end to the ongoing persecution of Ugandan LGBTI people.
A draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, that may be debated and voted upon as early as this week by the Ugandan Parliament, would further endanger Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people in a country where gay rights are already absent. Freedom House condemns the draft bill, and any laws that restrict the rights of LGBTI people, and calls for the Parliament to reject it.
Freedom House released an analysis of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa showing that the region has experienced notable increases in freedom over the past generation, although more setbacks than gains were seen in 2006.
Freedom House is working to empower civil society to advance domestic justice and put an end to impunity, while also strengthening intra- and inter-regional networks of advocates working to advance this issue.