UNDETERRED: Ugandan Lawyer Submits Additional Evidence to European Court of Human Rights Over UK Sanctions On Speaker Among

By Our Reporter




A Ugandan born lawyer who recently petitioned the European Court of Human Rights over UK sanctions on Uganda Parliament’s Speaker, Rt. Hon. Anita Among has submitted additional evidence to the same court.


Counsel Joshua Okello submitted what he says is crucial evidence on Friday, 14th June, 2024 through EMS, item Number EE400195957UG.


Okello who told this website that he came across better evidence wants the ECHR to provide the support and strength needed to prove or disapprove a corruption claim.

The additional evidence was sent through EMS

Okello took the bold step to petition the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France on Tuesday, 4th June, 2024.


The decision followed several delays in the High Court Civil Division in Kampala, where Okello initially lodged a lawsuit contesting the sanctions enforced on Speaker Anita Among on the 7th May, 2024.


Since initiating the case in Kampala, Okello says he has encountered continual postponements, with court officials attributing the backlog of cases from 2023.


Disheartened by the lack of progress, Okello opted to take his battle to the ECHR, a prestigious international court recognized for its efficacy in interpreting the European Convention on Human Rights.


Established in 1959, the ECHR boasts a distinguished legacy in adjudicating human rights disputes. It rendered its inaugural verdict in 1960, Lawless v. Ireland, and has since served as a pivotal platform for individuals and nations seeking justice under the European Convention on Human Rights.


Okello’s lawsuit against the UK government revolves around what he characterizes as “illegitimate sanctions” imposed on Speaker Among. The specifics of the sanctions and their ramifications have not been disclosed, yet Okello contends that they contravene fundamental human rights principles and warrant international scrutiny.


The ECHR is anticipated to arrange a hearing for Okello’s case imminently. As the legal dispute advances, it could establish a precedent for the handling of sanctions disputes involving state officials in international courts.


However, before the ECHR Court arranges a hearing for Okello’s case, he has chosen to submit more evidence beforehand to bolster his petition.


For obvious reasons, Okello declined to divulge the contents of the additional evidence saying he is confident it makes his case stronger.


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