Practice Related to Rule 94. Slavery and Slave Trade
In 2003, in its initial report to the Human Rights Committee, Uganda stated that there are “certain Rights that cannot be derogated from and these include … freedom from slavery or servitude”.
The report further stated:
Section 241 of the 1995 Penal Code Act of the republic of Uganda goes on to state, “Any person who imports, exports, removes, buys or sells or disposes of any person as a slave or accepts, receives or detains against his will any person as a slave is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for fifteen years.”
In addition, the report stated:
473. It is important to note that … there are areas where derogation is not acceptable under whatever circumstances. They are under article 44.
474. Article 44 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (1995) states that:
Notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, there shall not be derogation from the enjoyment of the following rights and freedoms:
(a) freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;
(b) freedom from slavery or servitude;
(c) right to fair hearing;
(d) right to an order of habeas corpus.