Cameron urged to condemn human rights abuses in Uganda

By Norman S. Miwambo

The Chairman of UUPDF Mr Moses Luzinda (left) and SSUUBI coordinator Mr Richard Semitego hand their petition to an officer at 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister. ((Photo by NOSAMIWO)

Recent events in which President Yoweri Museveni’s forces killed over 10 people including two children and left scores of innocent unarmed civilians with permanent limbs, continue to generate more protests and petitions here in London with claims that the International community put up with Uganda’s increasing Human Rights abuses.

Human Rights activists under the Uganda United Pro-Democracy Forum (UUPDF), umbrella presented a petition to 10, Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister, calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to condemn human rights abuses in Uganda, where Her Majesty’s government supplements the country’s annual budget. The UK leads the donor community to which Uganda is one of the biggest recipients of foreign aid and its provisional budget for Uganda in the next four years is £390 million.

A petition signed by the UPDF members called on Mr. Cameron, to lead Her Majesty Government to play a decisive role in denouncing the actions of Museveni’s government. “UUPDF calls upon the UK government as the largest donor country to Uganda to play a decisive leadership role in denouncing Uganda’s brutal, inhumane methods of law enforcement that are contrary to the Constitution of Uganda and internationally recognized human rights standards,” reads part of the petition which was signed by Chairman Moses Luzinda, the UK Chapter Democratic Party (DP) chairperson Betty Atiku, Dr. Chris Kamugisha of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Lanana Obwana of Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), and the SSUUBI coordinator Richard Semitego.

3 thoughts on “Cameron urged to condemn human rights abuses in Uganda

  • June 11, 2011 at 8:05 am
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    It is now clear that most of those who have exploited the exile rule that most of us fought for are the same men now passing as pure Ugandans. Editor be careful we might have the Rwanda style in London where those who served in Museveni government and just appear on your good newspaper using the paper ad front for to cover their activities. These are the same people now at the forefront in attacking President Museveni on the record of human rights. Some of them, like their leadership of FDC worked with Museveni in the early days maiming Uganda. They are just wasting time in London posing for photographs at 10 Downing street . Editor thanks for unmasking some of these headline grabbers like those that we saw. One of them was very critical of northerners when he was serving in Museveni intelligence system called ESO (External ServiceOrgaisation) and here he is posing as a human rights face at 10 downing street in London , what a hoax!

    A constructive opposition does not stoop too low to petty issues but sticks to one goal. These are just tribal feelings of few Ugandans who would like to lead their tribes against Museveni not a general view of Ugandans . So thanks for unmasking these intelligence informers who might be used to finish our paper that we love so much in reading.
    Bantu

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  • June 11, 2011 at 11:38 am
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    An activity in the right direction. The CP of UK has supported Parties in Uganda to develop capacity. The current environment does not help Party growth. Resources should now be directed to removing the obstacle to Uganda’s democratization; the NRM regime.

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  • July 29, 2011 at 3:41 am
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    I read that Justice Lord Levenson is saying the News Of The World Affair inquiry needs more time in its deliberations. The scope of the inquiry is likely to broaden, not only to other newspspers but to other areas of the media too. On the one hand, he’s right to ask for this. On the other hand, I’m concerned; is this the famous British technique called ‘kicking it into the long grass’ we’re witnessing?

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