Uganda: Terrorism Charges Used Against Kenyan Rights Defender

Ugandan authorities should either release a Kenyan human rights activist
who is being held on terrorism charges or provide details of the
charges, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today in a
joint letter to the Ugandan government.Al-Amin Kimathi was arrested, along with Kenyan lawyer Mbugua Mureithi, on September 15 after the two travelled from Kenya to Uganda to observe a hearing of six Kenyans charged with terrorism in connection with the July bomb attacks in Kampala, which killed over 76 people who were watching the World Cup final. Mureithi was released after three days and deported to Kenya. Kimathi, who heads the Muslim Human Rights Forum in Kenya, was held incommunicado for six days before being charged with terrorism and murder on September 21.  

“Al-Amin Kimathi seems to have been arbitrarily arrested for carrying out his legitimate human rights work – providing legal support to the suspects charged in connection with the bomb attack,” said Erwin van der Borght, Amnesty International’s Africa program director.

The charge sheet contains no details or allegations about Kimathi’s conduct that would make him responsible for the crimes described.


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