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Ugandan academic exposes breasts in protest at jail term

A Ugandan academic will be spending 18 months in prison after a court sentenced her over some of her comments on Facebook about President Yoweri Museveni. In protest at her jail term, Stella Nyanzi exposed her breasts via a video link during Friday’s sentencing. Nyanzi was jailed for cyber harassment but activists say her sentencing undermines Uganda’s commitment to freedom of expression. The outspoken academic was however acquitted on a second charge, of “offensive communication”. On Thursday, Nyanzi gave a passionate speech expressing her disappointed with that verdict “I intended…

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Uganda: Stella Nyanzi free but ludicrous charges must be dropped

Responding to news that outspoken feminist academic Stella Nyanzi has been released on bail after four weeks in prison, Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “It is a great relief that Stella Nyanzi is no longer behind bars, as she should never have been arrested in the first place. The government’s attempt to prosecute her for speaking out for the rights of Uganda’s women and girls, is an affront to freedom of expression.

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