The President Joe Biden administration is considering sanctions on Ugandan officials for brutality and human rights violations.
This was revealed in a Department Press Briefing by Ned Price, State Department spokesperson.
Here are the excerpts:
QUESTION: Can I ask about Uganda? Sorry, on —
MR PRICE: I’m sorry, about Uganda?
QUESTION: Uganda, yes.
QUESTION: Can I just get a Georgia question in before?
QUESTION: Yes, please.
QUESTION: Does – did the – do the arrests in the United States’ view threaten Georgia’s NATO aspirations?
MR PRICE: Look, the – what we’ve seen in recent days is in contravention of Georgia’s own Euro-Atlantic aspirations. I wouldn’t want to go beyond that. What I will say is that we’ll be watching closely in the hours and days ahead. We’ve made no secret about what we believe needs to happen with Georgia, and we’ll see if that’s the case.
QUESTION: Yes. So opposition leader Bobi Wine said on Sunday that he was dropping the legal challenge to Uganda’s presidential election results that handed the victory to incumbent Museveni, citing supreme court justice hearing the case were biased. Can the State Department comment on the latest development, and does the U.S. consider Museveni as a reliable partner in the war against terror?
MR PRICE: Well, I believe we said this before, but it probably bears reiterating that Uganda’s January 14th elections were marred by election irregularities and abuses by the government’s security services against opposition candidates and members of civil society. We strongly urge independent, credible, impartial, and thorough investigations into these incidents. We’ll consider a range of targeted options to hold accountable those members of the security forces responsible for these actions. When it comes to President Museveni, Uganda, of course, does continue to play a regional role and does have an important role when it comes to some of our interests in the region. It is a troop-contributing country to AMISOM in Somalia, in its international efforts to defeat al-Shabaab.
But again, this goes to the point that we’ve now made even more times throughout this briefing, that we can pursue our interests and pursue our values at the same time. We are considering, as I said, a range of targeted options to hold accountable those who are responsible for what we saw in the context of Uganda’s elections, just as we continue to work with Uganda to pursue some of our mutual interests.