UGANDA: Shooting the Moon

No one has ever accused Uganda's mercurial President Idi ("Big Daddy") Amin Dada of running a democracy. Until now, though, there has been little solid documentation of just how bad things are in his East African nation. Last week the prestigious International Commission of Jurists issued one of the most scathing reports it has produced in 22 years of investigating official injustice from Turkey to South Africa. After examining evidence for three years the jurists concluded that Uganda has seen "a total breakdown of the rule of law."

The Geneva-based organization accused Amin of allowing his army and special police...

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