Delegation of the European Union to Uganda

Statement on Freedom of Expression

We are deeply concerned about the build-up of tension in and outside Kampala that might lead to infringing the fundamental freedoms of Ugandan citizens and damage the country’s international reputation. We monitor closely and with concern the most recent reports of cases of arrests and actions targeting NGOs and political activists.

We are also troubled by the inflammatory language used in debating issues of national interest, pertaining to the democratic process in Uganda. We consider that major issues related to the national development should be debated in an open and inclusive national dialogue.

We call on the Ugandan authorities to guarantee the fundamental freedoms of expression and assembly enshrined in the Ugandan constitution, which in particular provides the right of all citizens to fully express their civil and political rights without fear of intimidation.

This statement is issued on behalf of the European Union Delegation to Uganda, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as Norway and Iceland.

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