Death and violence in Uganda over rising cost of living

At least eight people have been killed in Uganda and scores injured as security forces violently suppressed opposition led protests against spiraling cost of living, according to the UN Human Rights office. Information gathered by the UN indicates that at least 250 people including women and children have been injured and over 580 arrested during the protests which began three weks ago. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

President Museveni of Uganda

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says she is appalled and shocked at the use of disproportionate force against protesters and repeated ill-treatment of Ugandan opposition politicians including Dr. Kizza Besigye.

The opposition leader is reported to have been arrested three times, shot in the arm and pepper spray used to subdue him last week.

The High Commissioner says the intervention by the Uganda Police and Defense forces has resulted in the infringement of the rights to life, as well as freedoms of association, assembly and expression.

Ms Pillay called on the authorities to conduct thorough, prompt and impartial investigations into the human rights violations committed by the security forces.

Patrick Maigua United Nations Geneva

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