October 20, 2021

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Museveni rallies UN on vaccines, refugees

Museveni addressing UN General Assembly

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President Yoweri Museveni Thursday highlighted the effects of lack of vaccines and climate change on Uganda, and called for cooperation to aid post-Covid recovery in his speech at the 76th United Nations General Assembly.

In his speech relayed via video link, President Museveni reiterated Uganda’s commitment to human rights and also to supporting refugees, including those from far away Afghanistan.

Museveni told the Assembly that his government remains committed to fulfilling its human rights obligations in accordance with Uganda’s constitution and international law amid growing concerns of human rights abuses in the country.

“Therefore, we must continue to address the promotion and protection of human rights without politicizing the issue of human rights. Uganda remains committed to fulfilling its human rights obligations in accordance with its constitution and international law. Our commitment is from the firm belief that it’s suitable for our people, drawn from the bad experience and lessons from the history of dictatorship in Uganda,” Museveni said.

He said Uganda will be voluntarily reviewed during the 44th session of the universal periodic review at the European human rights council in Geneva scheduled for January to February 2022.

“The predicament of refugees continues to this day. Uganda has maintained its open door policy on refugees and currently, the country hosts over 1.4 million refugees, the largest number in Africa. It’s in line with this spirit that we recently took another deliberate step to assist those in distress from Afghanistan. Our approach to refugees is anchored on our belief that no one chooses to flee their country or to be a refugee and if they do, they must be treated with dignity and kindness in their times of need,” he said on the issue of refugees.

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