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Uganda: Detainees

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Uganda on (a) Dr. Kizza Besigye’s treason trial, (b) the detention without trial of 14 alleged rebel People’s Redemption Army members and (c) the death in detention of opposition members Denis Nabilema, Moses Dramani and David Oboma; and if he will make a statement. (165449)

We continue to monitor closely the People’s Redemption Army (PRA) trial, in which Dr. Besigye is a defendant, and are pushing for a swift and fair conclusion of the legal process. We regularly raise this issue with senior members of the Ugandan government through the local Heads of Missions Partners for Democracy and Good Governance Group in Kampala. In the course of our regular dialogue with the Government of Uganda, we continue to press them, including at senior political level, on the need to engage with the opposition and develop further multi-party democracy. Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials raised the PRA case with Ugandan Foreign Minister Kutesa during his visit to London in September.

Our High Commission in Kampala has sought to verify the deaths of David Oboma, Denis Nabilema and Moses Dramani. The Foundation for Human Rights Initiative in Kampala has stated that Oboma died of natural causes. Senior officials from the Forum for Democratic Change have not been able to verify the deaths of Nabilema and Dramani.