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We demand the end of threats, harassment and intimidation against Kulihoshi M Pecos

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by March 1, 2018 Uncategorized

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Kindly find the letter attached. But here in the whole message.
Pecos

Re: We demand immediate end of all forms of harassment, threats and intimidations against Mr. Kulihoshi Musikami Pecos, the Executive Director of the Foundation People for Peace and Defense of Human Rights: Hold accountable those who are threatening Mr. Pecos without delays. 

Mr. Kulihoshi Musikami Pecos is one among refugee voices which have been for the last 10 years demanding for the improvement of refugee lives here in Uganda and believed that resource contributed by the international community to ease the plight of refugees has been confiscated by some few powerful individuals within the refugee regime here in Uganda.

Today basing on what we are hearing from the media we are largely optimistic that may be our voices have been heard and do believe that refugees may once again hope for the better future in cases these investigations are well conducted. We strongly welcome these so far announced investigations and we pledge our full support to the team of all kind of investigators who are looking into the “refugee scandals in Uganda”.

However we seem to observe negative reactions from both Uganda Security Services, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, from Refugees who are working on behalf of some individuals and from unknown people who have threated, tortured and intimidated so much Mr. Kulihoshi Musikami Pecos.

Just two days before both the Foundation People for Peace and Defense of Human Rights and the Congolese Refugee Community in Uganda submitted letters to different parties requesting their willingness to participate in the investigation, Mr. Kulihoshi M Pecos was kidnapped on Wednesday February 14th, 2018 and detained to unknown place and later on was transferred to Old Kampala Police Station where the case of “libel and Deformation under the Reference GEF: 03/2018 was opened. The Complainant is Mr. Isabirye Julius, the Refugee Front Desk Officer at Old Kampala and the witness is Mr. Fidel Kabene a Congolese refugee in Kampala who is believed by many Congolese as member of M23 rebels, by doing so they have shown clearly their incapacity to protect refugee leaders especially those who may have a different opinion.

Few hours later after Pecos was granted a Police Bond, he was called by a UNHCR Officer and the meeting was just viewed by Pecos as intimidation and threats aiming at silencing the other voice of refugees. Such threats and intimidations by UNHCR Officer distance her then from her roles to protect refugees and make her partial and partisan in this situation.

But also during the evening of February 24th, and the morning of February 25th, 2018 Pecos and all his neighbors observed the presence on unknown people who have been seen at their homes.  These new developments are being accompanied by other strategies of isolations, watchdogs to monitor Pecos movement, and other many forms of threats.

Much as we highly appreciate the steps so far taken by both the government of Uganda and the UNHCR to suspend some officers in order to pave way for investigations, we do observe that there are other officers in exercises within the refugee regime with the capacity to harm and are highly armed against refugees who wish to participate in these investigations. Instead of encouraging refugees to speak out and share their experiences which they faced over the years in misery, we observe that the refugee regime is deploying more efforts to threaten, intimidate and harass those who are viewed as the voice of refugees.

Basing on the above, we do reiterate our strong position to fully participate in the investigations, promote refugee rights and link refugees situation to conflict, but also to help the refugees here in Uganda to get advantage of these new developments in order to address all the challenges they were forced to undergo over the years, and in this way we shall not give up to any form of intimidations from anyone. Proclaiming our millennium rights to defend ourselves, this letter is the first step so far taken and we hope that you address our grievances because we also consider taking legal actions in case we are not satisfied of your responses.

 

Recommendations

We urge you to immediately put to end all forms of harassments, intimidations and threats against Kulihoshi Musikimi Pecos and against all other refugee voices who may be facing the same situation in Uganda,

We urge you to immediately hold accountable both the UNHCR Officer who intimidated Pecos and the Refugee Front Desk Officer at Old Kampala, who has played considerable role in the current situation faced by Pecos,

We urge you and everyone who believe that Pecos has cases to answer to abide with the law and wait for the ongoing legal process, we all believe in justice and more efforts should be deployed to Police at Old Kampala to forward this case to the Court as soon as possible. We have pledged our cooperation with the Old Kampala Police Investigative Officers and we have given them everything they need,

We urge you to take urgent measures to ensure the protection of Kulihoshi Musikami Pecos and all other refugee leaders who are in the similar situation. These refugees have no intention neither to quite what they are doing, to leave this country nor to migrate to western countries as their perpetrators may think so but they are fully engaged for the wellbeing of all refugees here in Uganda, they only want a favorable environment which supports their dreams to promote refugees rights in Uganda,

We urge you to institute a team to investigate the manner, the place, and the actors during the kidnap of Pecos, and his continued illegal detention at Old Kampala Police Station, and to ensure that justice is done for him,

 

Yours sincerely,

Kulihoshi Musikami Pecos

Executive Director         

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