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Ssemwanga Jackson

Ssemwanga Jackson

East African Crude Oil Pipeline

Ssemwanga Jackson is a human right defender, who has been a campaigner against bad governance, corruption and an environmental defender. He is affiliated with the Alternative movement and he is part of the global campaign Stop the East African Crude Oil Pipeline.


The Ugandan government continues to limit freedom of expression and association with human rights defenders being subjected to threats, intimidation and judicial harassment due to their legitimate human rights work. A number of human rights organisations have reported break-ins at their offices. Particularly at risk are human rights defenders advocating for the rights of LGBTI people. Same-sex conduct remains criminalised under Uganda’s colonial-era law, which prohibits “carnal knowledge” among people of the same sex. In August 2017, the Minister of Ethics and Integrity issued a directive shutting down events associated with Pride celebrations in Kampala and Jinja and deployed police officers to the venues.