RESPECT OUR SOVEREIGNTY, GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO EU PARLIAMENT SANCTIONS THREATS

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Government has responded to recommendations by the European Union (EU) Parliament in which it recommended sanctions against Ugandan individuals and organisations they said were responsible for human rights violations during the recent general election.

In a response by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa to the president of the EU parliament, the government says there are laws governing the country and that it is its duty to ensure they are not broken by anyone.

Kutesa said nonetheless, the government strongly believes that the sustenance of the relationship depends on upholding the universally accepted principles of mutual respect, non-interference and respect for sovereignty.

According to the government, it will always welcome engagement with any of the international partners provided they all adhere to the set principles.

In their resolutions, the EU parliament said they based their decisions on human rights violations during the just concluded general elections which saw security forces crackdown on opposition and civil society organisations.

However, in response, the government says in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic, a number of guidelines were put in place to help combat the virus but noted they could not sit behind when the guidelines were being violated.

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