An analysis of the law relating to freedom from torture, cruel, in human and degrading treatment: a case study of Uganda since independence

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Kampala International University.College Of Law
This research paper discusses what torture , crnel, inhuman and degrading treatment are, their origin and historical development, The various forms of torture, crnel, inhuman and degrading treatment in the ancient and modem times. The research as well discusses the illegality of these aspects of violation of human freedom, citing treaties and conventions that prohibit them which include the UN Convention against T01iure or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the 1995 constitution ofU ganda. Despite these conventions, the security forces continue to use t01iure or crnel, inhuman or degrading treatment when punishing both pre-trial detainees and convicted prisoners. Common methods of torture employed by the police include hanging persons upside down, genital mutilation, electric shock and cruel or degrading or inhuman punislm1ent like deprivation of air by submersion of the detainees' head in water. Thus a problem of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment remains underlying as regards human rights violation. Thus I wind up by recommending that the Uganda government should put in place all possible measures to restrain all public officers pmiicularly police and the army officers from employing torture, cruel, inhun1an and degrading treatment when handing prisoners, pre-trial detainees and convicts.
Dissertation submitted to the school of law in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the a ward of bachelors degree of laws Kampala International University
Law, Freedom, Torture,, Cruel, Human, Uganda