Know Your Rights

   

Protection of Rights of Minorities

Article 36 of the Constitution provides that minorities have a right to participate in decision making processes and their views and interests shall be taken into account in the making of national plans and objectives. Minority groups also known as indigenous peoples are those who have retained their social, economic and political characteristics that are…

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Your Right to Freedom of Expression

Article 29 (1) (a) provides that every person shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression which shall include freedom of the press and other media This right has also been recognised under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and also in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and…

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Your Right to Life

Article 22 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda protects an individual’s right to life to the extent that no one must be intentionally deprived of the right to life. This goes without saying that the right to life is a qualified right in as much as the state can interfere with it as…

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Your Right to a Fair Hearing and Protection from Double Jeopardy.

Double jeopardy is a procedural defence that prevents an accused person from being tried again on the same (or similar) charges and on the same facts, following a valid acquittal or conviction. If this issue is raised, evidence will be placed before the court, which will normally rule as a preliminary matter whether the plea…

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Your Right to a Fair Hearing: No Punishment Without Law.

Article 28 (12) of the Constitution provides that, ” Except for contempt of Court, no person shall be convicted of a criminal offence unless the offence is defined and the penalty for it prescribed by law.” The general rule in simple terms is; no one can be convicted for a none existing offence. The law…

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Your Right to a Fair Hearing and Spousal Privilege

In the common law, spousal privilege (also called marital privilege or husband-wife privilege) is a term used in the law of evidence to describe two separate privileges that apply to spouses: the spousal communications privilege and the spousal testimonial privilege. Both types of privilege are based on the policy of encouraging spousal harmony and preventing…

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