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On the Ugandan Government's Post-Election Conduct

Source: U.S. Department of State
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Press Statement

John Kirby Assistant Secretaryand Department Spokesperson,Bureau of Public Affairs

Washington, DC

March 11, 2016

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The United States reiterates its ongoing concerns with Uganda's post-election environment, in which the government and its security forces persistently have violated the rights and freedoms of Ugandan citizens and the media.

The continued detention of opposition figures without legal justification, the ongoing harassment of opposition supporters, interference in legal challenges to the election results, and the intimidation of Uganda's media are unacceptable activities in a free and democratic society. Recently proposed legislation to enhance the powers of the government to restrict media is an attempt to further limit the country's political space.

The United States and Uganda have a long standing and strong partnership that has contributed to the stability and prosperity of the region. We are concerned that the Ugandan government's recent actions could endanger the economic and political progress that has enabled our relationship to grow. We urge the government to take prompt action to reverse this troubling trend.