Bobi Wine given human rights award in Chicago

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Bobi Wine previously received a freedom award in Tanzania

By Paul Waiswa

 Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has received an award for his relentless fight against human rights abuses in the country.

He received the award on Tuesday at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Annual Conference in Chicago, USA.

In his acceptance speech, Bobi Wine, who was accompanied by his Mityana Municipality counterpart Francis Zaake, said he was humbled by the award, which he said emboldens his fight against the dictator.

“I am not speaking to you as an expert on human rights law. Far from that, I’m just an ordinary citizen of the world born and raised in the biggest slum of Uganda, the ghetto of Kamwokya. That’s where I come from. My passion to fight for freedom was indeed not born out of the classroom… It was born out of the streets, out of my experience from growing up out of the poorest of the poorest in Uganda and those are the people who face the worst human rights violations in my country Uganda…,” he said.

The legislator added that his own torture is nothing compared to what other Ugandans are going through.

“I know many of you have come to know about me out of my experience of torture, repression and abuse of my rights but the authorities in Uganda and the military in my country. While I am grateful for the attention, I must assert it that my own experience, however nasty it was, is nothing compared to what very men and women go through every day in my country,” he said.

“Many have been arrested. Many have disappeared and indeed many have had to pay the ultimate price. So while I am very lucky to be standing before you ladies and gentlemen, I must inform the world that another activist—an academic giant, a woman, Dr. Stella Nyanzi, continues to rot in jail, continues to be incarcerated, simply because she wrote a poem that criticizes President Museveni who has been president of Uganda for 33 years,” he said.

The Global Peace and Human Rights Summit in Chicago started on June 28 and ended on July 2.

The conference, which is organized by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, has former US Vice President Joe Biden as a special guest.

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