UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein has expressed grave concern over reports of state torture of Bobi Wine and those arrested alongside him, Voice of America reports. He is calling for a thorough independent investigation into the reported human rights abuses:
High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein says his office has received reports that Bobi Wine’s driver was shot dead while sitting in his employer’s car. He says he is particularly concerned by reports that law enforcement agents have tortured Wine and some others while in detention.
He says his office also has received accounts of killings, ill treatment and arrests of persons by law enforcement agents during protests against the above-mentioned arrests.
“I urge the Government of Uganda to conduct a thorough independent and impartial investigation into the serious human rights allegations of extra-judicial killings, excessive use of force, torture and other forms of ill-treatment and to bring to justice those responsible,” he said.
Given what has transpired, Zeid tells VOA it is absolutely essential the government does the right thing and that there is no further excessive use of force.