HRC Intervenes in Masaka Journalist's Assault Case

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The journalist was assaulted during the walk-to-work demonstration in April.

The Southern Region Human Rights Commission has intervened in a case in which an NTV correspondent was assaulted by an army officer.
 
The journalist was assaulted during the walk-to-work demonstration in April.
 
The HRC wants David Muhoozi the armored Brigade Commander, to explain why they have delayed to take action against the UPDF officer accused of assaulting Isa Aliga.
 
The letter signed by Willy Agirembabazi, the Regional HRC officer, states that Aliga filed a case with police and wrote to the armored brigade boss seeking justice, but no action has since been taken.
 
Aliga was on April 14th, filming the procession of the military police and army along Masaka-Kampala road, when a UPDF soldier assaulted him, and confiscated his camera.
 
Aliga sustained injuries on the fore-head, left arm, back and left eye during the scuffle. He said that the soldiers also forced him to remove his shirt and shoes before escorting him to police, where he filed an assault case and simple robbery.
 
The HRC says there was a violation of the complainant’s rights to protect from torture and degrading treatment as provided for by Art.24 of the constitution of the republic of Uganda.
 
The district police commander Eddy Serunjogi has requested Aliga to assist them in identifying the perpetrator in order to speed up their investigations.