Robert Amsterdam has written an open letter to the office of British Prime Minister Theresa May concerning the recent violations of law and human rights by the Ugandan government in its illegal persecution of opposition MP Bobi Wine.
Amsterdam writes, “It is time for the United Kingdom to reconsider its relationship with Uganda. Aid provided by the United Kingdom has helped President Museveni to suppress the rule of law and has contributed to the persistence of the Ugandan Junta and their illegal aggressions against citizens. A lasting peace in this troubled region of Africa can only be achieved through the free politics of a true democracy – something President Museveni will do anything to prevent. In light of this, it is clear that the United Kingdom must take immediate action to denounce the crimes committed by President Museveni’s regime. Most importantly, it is time for the United Kingdom and other Western donors to ensure that all aid, military and non-military, is conditional on the holding of free and fair elections. Ending the harassment of our client, Mr Kyagulanyi, would be an important first step.”
Similar letters were also filed by Amsterdam & Partners LLP on behalf of Bobi Wine to the following UK officials:
- The Right Honourable Jeremy Hunt MP– Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- Rory Stewart MP– Secretary of State for International Development
- Harriet Baldwin MP – Joint Minister of State for the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development
The full text of the letter can be read below: