Speaking to a select group of journalists in Kampala Peterson said it’s not enough for the government officials to state that they don’t condone abuses that include torture, forced disappearance and even extrajudicial killing but should punish any errant officers found guilty of the same.
The United States-US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy,
Human Rights and Labour Lisa Peterson has called upon the government of
Uganda to punish any security officer who is found guilty of abusing
Speaking to a
select group of journalists in Kampala Peterson said it’s not enough
for the government officials to state that they don’t condone abuses
that include torture, forced disappearance and even extrajudicial
killing but should punish any errant officers found guilty of the same.
This way, Peterson said, they will have sent a message to others that human rights abuse is unacceptable.
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who has been on a two-day visit to Uganda which is ending today has
held meetings with the government, opposition leaders civil society and
media leaders. The visit comes amidst reports that supporters
of the opposition political parties have been brutalized, arrested on
trumped up charges, while others have disappeared without a trace
before, during and after the 2021 general elections,
said her coming to Uganda is to send a message that human rights
violations and the narrowing democratic space are a concern to the Biden
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whether the United States has any moral authority to claim to be
exporting democracy to other countries around the world when in its own
backyard, there is a considerable number of people who believe the
country is undemocratic, Peterson said they recognise that they are not
perfect that’s why it is important to work with other countries to
ensure that real democracy takes root.
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Brown, the US ambassador to Uganda deflated claims that US resources
are being used by the government to persecute political opponents. After
today’s meeting with the US officials, Robert Kyagulanyi the President
of NUP and Mathias Mpuuga, the leader of opposition reiterated their
call for the US to stop funding the Ugandan government arguing that this
will show real commitment towards democracy.
Brown said most of the resources that the US invests in Uganda go
directly to the Ugandan people through implementing agencies. She said
other than their cooperation on the African Peace Keeping mission in
Somalia, there is little money that the US puts in the Ugandan military.
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added that the United States will continue to monitor human rights
violations in Uganda and engage all stakeholders to see that this
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officials including the president have condemned acts of torture and
said those to be found guilty will pay the price. However, more than one
year later, no such accountability has been made save for the two UPDF
officers who received lengthy sentences for their complicit in the
November 2020 killings.