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Alleging her partner was abducted and tortured, Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi flees to Kenya

February 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Controversial Ugandan activist and writer Stella Nyanzi, speaking to journalist outside the court in Kampala on February 20, 2020, after a judge overturned her conviction for cyber harassment of President Yoweri Museveni and ordered her immediate release. (Photo by SUMY SADURNI / AFP) (Photo by SUMY SADURNI/AFP via Getty Images)

Feminist and political activist Stella Nyanzi has fled to Kenya to seek asylum with her three children. Nyanzi, who a year ago was in prison for writing a poem which used an explicit description of the Ugandan President's birth and his mother's vagina to criticize his rule, alleges her partner was abducted and tortured after last month's elections.

Kampala, Uganda (CNN)Feminist and political activist Stella Nyanzi has fled to Kenya to seek asylum with her three children.

Nyanzi, who a year ago was in prison for writing a poem which used an explicit description of the Ugandan President's birth and his mother's vagina to criticize his rule, alleges her partner was abducted and tortured after last month's elections.

I fled to get my freedom back," Nyanzi told CNN in a phone interview on Thursday, explaining that this was one of several abductions of people close to her which triggered her to flee.

Nyanzi didn't win her seat, and a week after the vote, her partner, David Musiri -- a member of Bobi Wine's National Unity Platform -- was abducted from his car along with his brother, she said.

was a distant human rights violation until it struck very close to home," Nyanzi said.

Citing a source connected to her case, a report from the UN body said "that eight men in plainclothes, three of whom were armed, forcibly removed Ms. Nyanzi from her car and put her into the back of their vehicle. " The Working Group says it didn't receive a response from the Ugandan government to the allegations.

When Nyanzi fled at the end of January, she said she was worried she might be "abducted" again, or worse.

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