International Community Reacts to Political Persecution of Bobi Wine

Lawmakers across world have slammed the Ugandan government for its continued persecution of Bobi Wine following this weekend’s raid in Jinja District. The Daily Monitor and Agence France-Presse report on the international outrage.

US Congressman Brad Sherman of California took to Twitter this weekend to denounce Museveni’s attacks on the “essential principle of freedom of speech” in Uganda:

His Californian colleague Congresswoman Karen Bass also protested the arbitrary detention of those traveling with the Kyadondo East MP, saying the government’s actions are incompatible with democracy:

Bobi Wine’s attorney, Robert Amsterdam, called the raid in Jinja “a clear and brazen act of targeted political repression by the Ugandan authorities aimed at violating Bobi Wine’s human rights,” Agence France-Presse reports.

Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark shared in the international condemnation, calling reports of Bobi Wine’s persecution “disturbing” and calling on Museveni’s government to allow for a true opposition to exist, as must be the case in any democracy:

In the UK, Labour MP Paul Williams slammed what called “anti-democratic” actions by the Ugandan authorities and called on his countrymen to pressure their representatives to sign onto an early day motion calling for Downing Street to take a stand against democratic backsliding in Uganda:

Read the full articles in The Daily Monitor and The Guardian.