UN worried by rising tension in Uganda

Police arrest suspected protestors for demonstrating their support for opposition leader Kizza Besigye in Kampala on February 19, 2016. Besigye was arrested at his party headquarters in Kampala, on February 19, 2016 for a third time in a week. UN has warned over rising tension in Uganda. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The UN’s rights office voiced concern on Tuesday over rising tensions in Uganda following the arrest of opposition leaders and intimidation by the security forces during the country’s presidential election.
  • Two people were killed as police were dispersing election-related crowds in separate incidents on February 15 and 19, the rights office said.
  • The rights office reminded the government in the East African nation that it had a duty under international law to inform suspects of the reason for their arrest and promptly notify them of possible criminal charges.

GENEVA, Tuesday

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