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Femi Falana fights for Bobi Wine, petitions UN working group

By Ugbede Usman

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The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UN-WGAD) has been petitioned by the Nigerian human right activist and lawyer, Femi Falana, over the the arrest and detention of Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, fondly called Bobi Wine.

Falana who made this known to Journalists on Tuesday, has asked the UN-WGAD, an affiliate body the United Nations (UN), to “initiate a procedure involving the investigation of the case of Mr. Wine together with his wife and his domestic staff”.

He also asked the body to “send an allegation letter to the Government of Uganda inquiring about the case generally” and raise spexific questions “about the legal basis for his arrest, detention, and/or degrading treatment, each of which is in violation of international law”.

He added that the group should issue “an opinion declaring that the deprivation of liberty and detention of Mr Wine, together with his wife and domestic staff is arbitrary and in violation of Uganda’s Constitution and obligations under international human rights law”.


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