Tuesday May 6 2014

US envoy calls for freedom of assembly


The Actions that prevent fair and democratic competition puts at risk the significant progress Uganda has made in democratic governance, the US Ambassador has warned.

Mr Scott H. DeLisi made the remarks during the launch of Makerere University Ethics and Human Rights Association in Kampala yesterday.
Mr DeLisi said: “As elections draw nearer, it is even more important that freedom of political assembly and speech are respected and that existing laws are applied in an even-handed manner to all citizens.”

Mr DeLisi observed that those who seek to legitimatise discrimination have many arguments and may cite historical practice, or culture but asked whether legislating patriotism actually diminishes dissent or stifles opposition? Or whether legislating morality leads to discrimination or harassment of those against those with different values or lifestyles?