KAMPALA, Uganda — Human Rights Watch and other rights groups are advocating Ugandan police to free a dominant rights lawyer who has been held by authorities within criminal allegations.
Nicholas Opiyo, who has represented resistance figures and minority groups, had been detained on Tuesday while eating in a restaurant in a suburb of Kampala, the capital. Police say he’s held on charges of”money laundering and associated malicious functions.” Opiyo is yet to be formally charged.
Opiyo has represented Bobi Wine, the singer, and lawmaker who’s Museveni’s primary challenger.
Local media report which Opiyo was representing two civic groups whose bank accounts were frozen by police who detained the groups of terrorist actions.
The detain”sends a chilling message regarding (police’) discount for fundamental rights,” Human Rights Watch said in a statement.
Chapter Four Uganda, a team headed by Opiyo, stated that it was”deeply worried regarding the abduction and incommunicado detention.”
Clement Voule, the United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of association and peaceful assembly, stated on Twitter he was really worried by”the increasing crackdown” on civic groups in addition to people who reflect dissenting voices in Uganda.
Museveni has ruled Uganda for 34 decades. Though he remains popular in certain rural areas of the nation, he’s fought to win over territorial, jobless Ugandans in urban centers that have rallied behind resistance figures like Wine, whose actual name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
Museveni can find additional time in office following lawmakers eliminated the past inherent barrier — age limitations — into a potential lifetime presidency for its 76-year-old leader.