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Uganda- Human rights defenders Messrs Gerald Kankya, TLC coordinator, Simon Amanyire and Gilbert Rwaheru have police bond extended until 5 December
On 5 November 2010 human rights defenders Messrs Gerald Kankya, TLC coordinator, Simon Amanyire and Gilbert Rwaheru reported to their local police station where they had their police bond extended until 5 December.
All three men were arrested in Fort Portal, Western Uganda on 27 October 2010 and held in police custody until 28 October, when they were released on police bond. The men are members of Twerwaneho Listeners Club (TLC), a non-governmental organisation based in Fort Portal that carries out human rights advocacy, including through radio programmes and human rights monitoring. TLC are currently suing the state in a case which was due to begin on 2 November but has been rescheduled as a result of changes within the judicial system.
Since 2006 TLC has been working on the issue of evictions from community land and the alleged unlawful transfer of community land from the Tooro Kingdom to the Government. The week before the arrest of the three human rights defenders, on 19 October, TLC published a press release on the same issue demanding an apology from the Queen Mother for her alleged wrongdoings as well as calls for the government to unconditionally return the land unlawfully acquired to the Kingdom of Tooro. TLC and many of its members have a long history of harassment by the authorities in Fort Portal.