November 10, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On November 10, 2011, the Ugandan High Court sentenced Enock Nsubuga to 30 years in prison for beating prominent gay rights activist David Kato to death. Nsubuga claimed that he attacked Kato with a hammer because Kato made sexual advances. The case drew international attention to Uganda and other ...[read more]
November 11, 2011
by Sarah Posner
The Ugandan High Court on Thursday sentenced a man to 30 years in prison for beating to death prominent gay rights activist David Kato. Enock Nsubuga confessed to the January 2011 killing, admitting to beating Kato with a hammer at his home before he died on the way to the hospital. Nsubuga ...[read more]
August 9, 2011
by Chris Morris
A Ugandan court Tuesday acquitted opposition leader Kizza Besigye of charges of rioting and inciting violence. Besigye was arrested earlier this year in connection with protests against rising food and fuel costs. The protests were known as the "Walk to Work" protests because participants ...[read more]
July 11, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
A Ugandan court on Monday began its first war crimes trial of a commander of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a Ugandan rebel group. The International Crimes Division (ICD) of the High Court of Uganda charged Thomas Kwoyelo on 53 counts of willful killing, hostage taking, destruction of property ...[read more]
January 3, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
The Uganda High Court on Monday issued a permanent injunction and awarded damages to plaintiffs who were alleged to be homosexuals by the Ugandan tabloid newspaper, The Rolling Stone. The complaint was filed by Uganda's Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law on behalf of ...[read more]
January 27, 2010
by David Manes
Ugandan Principal Judge James Ogoola said Monday that the newly established War Crimes Division (WCD) of the High Court will seek to recruit foreign judges. Ogoola explained the need for foreign judges, citing the international nature of the cases. He said that foreign judges would improve both ...[read more]
December 21, 2009
by Sarah Miley
The UN on Monday called for leaders of the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to be apprehended for war crimes in southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between September 2008 and June 2009. The LRA is accused of killing, raping, and mutilating more than 1,200 men, ...[read more]
January 22, 2009
by Steve Czajkowski
The Supreme Court of Uganda on Wednesday ruled that the death penalty is not prohibited by Uganda's constitution because it does not constitute cruel and inhuman punishment. The decision comes on an appeal by over 400 inmates on death row of a 2005 ruling of the Constitutional Court that held ...[read more]
September 18, 2008
by Benjamin Klein
The High Court of Uganda will not try soldiers from the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) if they are accused of human rights abuses, according to Wednesday statements by Justice Dan Akiiki-Kiiza, the head of the Court's War Crimes Division. The head justice insisted that the ...[read more]
May 29, 2008
by JURIST Staff
JURIST Guest Columnist Wes Rist of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the recent creation of a Ugandan war crimes court to deal with alleged war crimes committed by the Lord's Resistance Army is not a challenge to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, but is actually a ...[read more]

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