Ugandan Regime Sharply Increases Repression
I guess this would be less relevant if Obama had not just sent combat troops to support the Ugandan military and government in their fight against the LRA.
The Ugandan government and public officials are increasingly placing illegitimate restrictions on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly to silence critical voices, Amnesty International said in a report released today.
Stifling Dissent: Restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Uganda describes how journalists, opposition politicians and activists face arbitrary arrest, intimidation, threats and politically motivated criminal charges for expressing views deemed critical of the authorities.
Public protests have been banned in Uganda amid unverified claims that the organisers planned violence. In recent weeks four political activists have been charged with treason – a capital offense – for their involvement in organising the protests.
“The Ugandan authorities are creating a climate where it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to freely criticise government officials, their policies or practices,” said Godfrey Odongo, Amnesty International’s Uganda researcher.
The report also documents increasing restrictions on the media in Uganda which hinder it from freely broadcasting information.