Ugandan academic and government critic Stella Nyanzi has been charged with a "cyber harassment" offence after she repeatedly posted criticism of President Yoweri Museveni and his wife on Facebook, according to court documents.
Stella Nyanzi, 42, is a research fellow at Uganda’s Makerere University. She was arrested on late Friday for violating a law against misusing computers, according to a police report.
Nyanzi has banned from travelling abroad in March and the state-run university where she works has begun procedures in order to fire her. She was arrested late on Friday before being charged on Monday, according to a charge sheet seen by Reuters.
She remains in custody pending a bail hearing.
Endangered Scholars Worldwide is gravely concerned over the detention of Ugandan researcher Stella Nyanzi. ESW calls for letters, emails, and faxes respectfully urging authorities in Uganda to investigate the situation, to ensure Stella Nyanzi well-being while in custody, to ensure that any charges or convictions related to Stella Nyanzi peaceful exercise of protected human rights are lifted, and that in the interim, her case is addressed in a manner consistent with internationally recognized standards of due process, fair trial and detention, in accordance with Uganda’s obligations under international law.