By Fred Kiva
The Uganda Police Force is due to launch the Human Rights Policy as the security agency strives to uphold the protection and respect for human rights.
According to a message sent out to the media by Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, the Uganda Police Force Human Rights Policy will be launched by the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola on Monday.The function will take place at the Police Senior Command and Staff College Bwebajja.
“You are invited to cover the launching of UPF Human Rights Policy and the opening ceremony of the retreat of RPCs (Regional Police Commanders) and Heads of Department at Senior Command and Staff College, Bwebajja,” the message read in part.
Details of the policy were scanty at the time of publication, however its launch comes at the time when the law enforcement agency is continuously being ranked among top human rights violators in the country.In the recent rankings, the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), a government human rights agency in its 20th report released in June last year, Uganda Police topped the list of human rights violators.
The Police had 419 cases recorded against it in 2017, followed by private individuals with 210 complaints and Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) with 44.The cases against the police, however, presented a decline in violations from the 620 that were recorded the previous year.
According to the report the rights violations against the Police relate to the deprivation of rights to personal liberty, deprivation of the right to life, and deprivation of property.Meanwhile the decline in cases registered against the Police is a clear show of the Force’s commitment to address the problem and putting in place the human rights policy comes in handy.