Human Rights & Public Liberties

Human Rights & Public Liberties

Published on: 13 Jan, 2021

The award-winning Ugandan novelist Rukirabashaija’s case

Published on: 24 March, 2022
Kakwenza Rukirabashaija/Aljazeera.

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija/Aljazeera.

Exiled author Kakwenza Rukirabashaija is due to go on trial in absentia.

A  court in Kampala issued, on Wednesday, an arrest warrant for the international award-winning author.

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija is accused of insulting President Yoweri Museveni and his son.

The award-winning Ugandan novelist Rukirabashaija was jailed in December last year and later charged with “offensive communication” in a case that has raised international concern.

The EU was among those calling for a “comprehensive investigation” into rights abuses in Uganda.

While in detention, Rukirabashaija says he was tortured.

After his release on bail in January, Rukirabashaija fled to Germany to seek medical treatment.

Rights campaigners have called for an investigation into his claims of torture and urged the authorities to drop all charges against him.