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Maria Burnett
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Maria Burnett is the Uganda researcher for Human Rights Watch.

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President Kim's Clarion Call

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 8:14 PM

In February, the World Bank delayed a $90 million loan for health care in Uganda out of concern over its new Anti-Homosexuality Act. Since then, the Constitutional Court nullified the law for lack of a parliamentary quorum during the vote. But the government quickly...

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Victory in Uganda, But More Work Ahead

(7) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 2:22 PM

Uganda's constitutional court took a positive step when it ruled today that the dreaded Anti-Homosexuality Act is unconstitutional. The judges ruled on procedure rather than substance -- they said the lack of quorum in parliament on the day of the vote violated the legislative process.

It's an important victory for...

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Repressing Rights While Talking Law in Uganda

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 3:38 PM

"The police [are] working within the parameters of the law," Uganda's information minister, Mary Karooro Okurut, told journalists on Monday in Kampala, hours after police had forced two newspapers and two radio stations to shut down while they conducted a search -- and kept them shut. After years...

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The UK Should Show Leadership on Sexual Violence in Somalia

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 12:38 PM

Co-authored by Liesl Gerntholtz

A Somali woman who said she was raped by state security forces, a journalist who interviewed her, her husband, and two others who tried to assist her, have been charged with multiple crimes, including insulting a government body. They face a court hearing...

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How Not to Address the Uganda Bombings

(6) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 4:03 PM

Three Kenyans now sit in Ugandan custody, charged with terrorism for their alleged role in the twin bomb blasts that killed scores of World Cup soccer fans in Kampala a few weeks ago. It is unclear what relationship - if any -- these three might have had with Al-Shabaab, the...

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UN Envoy's Term Ends, but Rebels Go On and On

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2009 | 12:00 PM

The former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano will give his final briefing to the United Nations Security Council on July 15 in his role as the secretary-general's special envoy for the areas of east and central Africa that are affected by the Lord's Resistance Army and their two-decade campaign of violence....

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Africa's Longest War Still Taking Lives

(10) Comments | Posted June 19, 2009 | 5:07 PM

On June 11, 2009 the military chiefs of Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic met in Kisangani, Congo, to discuss operations against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The brutal Ugandan leaders of the rebel LRA, wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, have killed...

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