Turkey is violating the international law, David Lewis Rubongoya

On 2nd August 1988, Turkey ratified the United Nations Convention Against Torture. Article 3 of the Convention prohibits any State Party from expelling, returning or extraditing a person where there are substantial grounds to believe that the person will be subjected to torture if so expelled, returned or extradited.

In determining whether a person is likely to be tortured, the State where that person is, is required to take into account the existence of a consistent pattern of gross, flagrant or mass violations of human rights in the country where the said person would otherwise be expelled or returned to.

Please note that the text of this law is broad and covers all persons, regardless of whether they are legal or illegal immigrants.

I therefore submit, that Turkey would be in violation of international law if they deported Mr. Fred Lumbuye to Uganda, a country well known world-over for violating human rights with impunity. Like I said in my previous post on this matter, this is purely a human rights argument.

Anyone who believes that a person of Lumbuye’s calibre can be treated humanely or subjected to a free and fair trial in this country as required by law, is perhaps in deep sleep and ought to be woken up.

Read also : David Lewis Rubongoya on Fred Kajumbi Lumbuye

Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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