European parliament warns Museveni over Bobi Wine

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Members of the European Parliament on Thursday said they were concerned by human rights abuses in Uganda.

MEPs condemned the arrests and trumped-up charges against opposition politicians and journalists in Uganda by members of the presidential guard, Special Forces Command [SFC].

MEPs expressed deep concern at the arrests of opposition parliamentarians in connection with the 15 August municipality elections in Arua in north-west Uganda, which was marked by violence.

They also called on the Ugandan authorities to drop what appear to be trumped-up charges against independent parliamentarian, musician and government critic Bobi Wine, and to stop the crackdown against the political opposition and supporters.

Parliament stressed that it is vital for Ugandan democracy that the President and the government respect the independence of the country’s Parliament and the free and elected mandate of its members.

The resolution also noted with concern that journalists covering recent political demonstrations and riots have been beaten along with participants, and calls on Ugandan security forces to show restraint when policing protests, to desist from using live bullets and to act lawfully with full respect for human rights.

The text was approved by a show of hands.

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