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US Toughens On Uganda’s Human Rights Record

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Mr DeLisi while addressing students at Makerere University last Friday at the launch of a Human rights expo, said that the US was searching for countries around the world with which they share values and beliefs. To these they’d invest and devote efforts to enhance their mutual relations.

He said the US foreign policy ceased to be guided only national interests but by values as well, back in 1918 when President Woodrow Wilson introduced the League of Nations.

“All countries around the world pursue their interests, we do too.

But our pursuit of national interests is tempered and balance by being grounded in our core values – something that others often do not understand but it is central to our view of the world and our role in it,” he said.

While the US recognizes that their values are not shared by every nation or society, and cannot force the values upon them, Mr DeLisi said, they often have to make decisions “about the nature and extent of our engagement with nations whose values are contrary to our own.”

He noted, “When nations move too far apart on their values, partnerships suffer. When values and vision are shared, they prosper.”

“It is a simple reality: we invest more and focus more on cooperation with those whose values we share and with whom we have common aspirations and a common view of the world.

And the values that underscore our closest partnerships are those that reflect respect for human dignity, that allow peoples’ voices to be freely heard, and that permit individuals to participate robustly in their society without fear of discrimination or victimization.”

He further noted that good laws were of great importance in countries like Uganda which emphasizes the rule of law but human rights there are undercut due to societal, religious, or cultural biases, good laws can make a huge difference

His comments come at a time when President Yoweri Museveni repeatedly lashed out at western countries for trying to arm-twist third world countries to adjust to their unacceptable norms and beliefs, using aid cut threats.

Museveni said at the signing the Antigay law at state house last February, “We Africans always keep our opinions to ourselves and never seek to impose our point of view on the others. If only they (the West) could let us alone.”

But according to DeLisi, since the 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights, many rights and freedoms have become globally acceptable and a responsibility of every country to adhere to whether or not they contradict with locally held cultural and religious beliefs

“What was once justified as “sanctioned by God” is now properly reviled as an unconscionable violation of human rights. We came to learn that no practice or tradition trumps the human rights that belong to all of us.”

Mr DeLisi at the launch called upon participants to stand up and hold hold support for human rights as a person responsibility.

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