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Free speech in Uganda | Central American migration

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019

 

Editor's note

On paper, Uganda protects its citizens’ freedom of expression, whether that’s verbal or on social media and other online platforms. But the reality is very different: the government continues to use domestic laws on electronic communication to crack down on citizens, activists and politicians who criticise the president on the internet. Ronald Kakungulu-Mayambala explains how the government is squeezing out dissent in the digital sphere.

Migration from Central America has gotten a lot of attention in recent times, including the famous migrant caravans. But much of it focuses on the way migrants from this region – especially El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras – are driven out by gang violence, corruption and political upheaval. These factors are important and require a response from the international community. But, as Miranda Cady Hallett argues, displacement driven by climate change is significant too.

Julie Masiga

Peace + Security Editor

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