Amnesty International’s Sarah Jackson Speaks Out On Stella Nyanzi

After four weeks in prison, feminist researcher, Stella Nyanzi was Tuesday, May 9 released on bail, after she was accused of Computer Misuse while having used her social media platforms, to allegedly refer to President Yoweri Museveni as “a pair of buttocks” [in violation of Act of 2011] . Nyanzi denies the charges although now it’s up to the courts as her next appearance is due May 25, 2017.

Meanwhile Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes in her statement, she admonished government to now let common sense prevail by immediately and unconditionally dropping all the charges against Nyanzi.

“It is a great relief that Stella Nyanzi is no longer behind bars, as she should never have been arrested in the first place,” she said, including that the government’s attempt to prosecute her for speaking out for the rights of Uganda’s women and girls, is an affront to freedom of expression.

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However, Stella Nyanzi had previously also criticized the First Lady and Education Minister, Janet Museveni, for her ministry’s failure to provide sanitary towels to all girls in public schools. This was a promise made by Museveni as he campaigned for a fifth term in office in 2015.

Amnesty International’s Sarah Jackson, nevertheless insists; “The authorities must now let common sense prevail by immediately and unconditionally dropping all the charges against her. The continuation of this farcical case blatantly violates Uganda’s constitution, and its regional and international human rights obligations.”

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