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Press Statement
Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 17, 2005


Uganda: Arrest, Arraignment of Opposition Leader

On November 14, Uganda opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye was arrested and later charged with treason and other crimes. The government’s handling of his case and that of his 22 co-defendants has incited violence among its supporters and those of the opposition.

The United States condemns these acts of violence and calls on the Ugandan government and opposition leaders to act responsibly and work together to create an environment of peaceful political expression, fair political competition, and to preserve public order. We urge the Ugandan government to examine the basis for the charges against Dr. Besigye and his co-defendants carefully and to honor Uganda’s commitments under the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights.

2005/1082

Released on November 17, 2005

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