International Youth for Africa (IYA) Calls On Uganda Police To Release 17 Year Boy Immediately

Press Statement,

FYI

May 13, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– The International Youth for Africa(IYA) calls on Government Uganda to release 17 year boy who was  arrested in Rino Camp in Arua District, Uganda on Wednesday around mid day, according to the camp leader, who talked to me on phone at 12:00am. IYA’s Executive Director, Ter Manyang Gatwech says, ’’ human rights are standards that allow all people to live with dignity, freedom, equality, justice, and peace.’’  According to Police Act, the main function of Police in Uganda is to protect the life, property and other rights of the individuals in Uganda.

Camp leader says the boy was arrested by Ugandan Police over ‘’false allegation’’ against him that he set house on fire in the Rino Camp in Northern, Uganda.  The International Youth for Africa is calling upon the United Nations High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR) in order to intervene, Uganda Police does not have grounds to arrest somebody who is under protection of UNHCR.

Chapter four of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda says that protection and promotion of fundamental and other Human Rights Freedoms.

Protection of Personal Liberty;

Article (23) of the Constitution of the Republic Uganda 1995 Constitution says, no person shall be deprived of the personal liberty except in any of the following Cassese-

‘’In the case of a person who has not attained the age of eighteen years, for the purpose of the education or welfare of that person; in the case of a person who is, or is reasonably suspected to be, of unsound mind or addicted to drugs or alcohol, for the purpose of the care or treatment of that person or the protection of the community’’ (3)  ‘’a person arrested, restricted or detained shall be informed immediately, in a language that person understands, of the reasons for the arrest, restriction or detention and his or her right to a lawyer of his or her choice’’ shall, if not earlier released, be brought to court as soon as possible but in any case not later than forty- eight hours from the time of his or her arrest.

About IYA:

International Youth For Africa (IYA) ) is a non-governmental organization and non- profit making  organization (NGO) formed on 2nd March, 2015 after attending two workshops  in Kampala, Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya  on Transitional Justice Mechanism  22-27 February 2015, in Kampala funded by International Public Law and Policy Group (IPLPG), and South Sudan human Rights Documentation Initiative held  on 9th may  to 12th May 2015 Nairobi,  Kenya  which identified  the problem the youth are facing  both Diaspora  and in South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia and Ethiopia.  Include documenting and reporting human rights violation against women, children’s rights, working with community groups to promote women’s rights through increased participation of women in local government, promoting the education rights of girls, and raising awareness of women’s rights through public campaigns.

The organization (IYA) is dedicated to the promotion and improvement of the socio-economic welfare and governance processes/issues of the youth in South Sudan. IYA was started in 2015 to respond to the increasing demand for a collective platform for research, training and policy advocacy for young people by young people in South Sudan and beyond.

While maintaining its original goal of empowering the young people, organizations, institutions and communities at the grassroots through initiatives aimed at promoting a culture of non-violence, peace and socio-economic development.

International Youth For Africa (IYA)  can contacted through internationalyouthafrica@gmail.com or Tel: +256774755763


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