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COVID-19 guidelines do not violate human rights — UHRC

Dr. Katebalirwe Amooti, the Ag. Chairperson, Uganda Human Rights Commission (PHOTO: The New Vision) Dr. Katebalirwe Amooti, the Ag. Chairperson, Uganda Human Rights Commission (PHOTO: The New Vision)

 

Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) acting chairperson Dr. Katebalirwe Amooti Wednesday said such preventive measures are consistent with the provisions of articles 23 and 43 of the country’s Constitution.

UHRC urged security agents to respect human rights in the enforcement of the guidelines on preventive measures in line with article 221 of the Constitution.

Article 23 (1) guarantees the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty but also outlines circumstances under which one can be deprived of personal liberty which includes purposes of preventing the spread of an infectious or contagious disease.

“People should know that human rights can be limited for purposes of public order, public health, security, and morality,” Katebalirwe said.

 

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Published: March 27, 2020