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Uganda

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the invasion of the Ugandan High Court by armed commandos on 16 November 2005; and if she will make a statement. (79946)

Following the presence of armed commandos in the grounds of the High Court on 16 November 2005, we urged the Ugandan Government to do all they could to restore public confidence in the security services. As EU presidency at the time, the UK issued a statement on 18 November 2005 calling for this and also calling for the Ugandan Government to ‘ensure that the security force’s responses are strictly proportionate to the threats they face in any given situation’. The full text of the statement can be found at the following website:

http://www.eu2005.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1107293561746&a=KArticle&aid=1131976425734&date=2005-11-18.

On 31 January 2006, the Constitutional Court declared that the deployment of armed commandos had been a deliberate attempt to intimidate and influence the judiciary.