Uganda has rejected the European Parliament resolution taking stock of the human rights violations during and after elections calling it blanket accusations.
The government has
rejected the European Parliament resolution on last month's Presidential elections.
members of the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to adopt 19 resolutions
taking stock of the human rights violations in Uganda.
Some of the
resolutions include; justice and accountability for Ugandans who died in
November riots, increasing scrutiny of Uganda’s fiscal
management and transparency and systematic reviews of EU budget support
reiterated the need for sanctions against individuals and organizations
responsible for human rights violations in Uganda.
include calls for Government of Uganda to stop using COVID-19 enforcement in
pretext to introduce policies that violate rights and freedoms, condemns suspension
and freezing of civil society funds, and attempts to limit civil society
Parliament also adopted the recommendation to ensure secure and unrestricted
internet, ensure freedom of media and journalism and unconditionally release or
drop all charges against all those arrested and detained for protesting peacefully
But the Government Spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo has described the resolutions
as blanket accusations.
that for all the people who were arrested, there is credible information
linking them to violence, a threat to violence or breach of peace in the run-up
to and after the elections.
Uganda to release suspects already before the courts of law is tantamount to
undue interference with a legitimate judicial process,” he said. Opondo
added that the EU never sought the government side.
never wrote to the government to seek clarification to any of the accusations
and therefore we consider its resolution against Uganda as unbalanced and
biased. We are yet to establish their motive,” Opondo said.
He says that
the Government will respond to the statement.
minister of foreign affairs Hon Kutesa is scheduled to make a statement to the
EU Human Rights Council this evening.” Ofwono Opondo.
Parliament joins several other institutions and agencies to condemn electoral
violence in Uganda. The United States Congress, Human Rights Watch described
the elections as full of violence and condemned intimidation and, brutality
especially on National Unity Platform-NUP supporters.