The U.S. Embassy takes note of the recently released report by the international NGO Human Rights Watch concerning the November 2016 violence in the Kasese region. We remain deeply troubled by the reported disproportionate use of force by security officials in the November 27 raid on the palace of a traditional king, during which scores of civilians were killed.
We are particularly concerned by reports that security forces made no effort to remove unarmed people from the compound, which may have contributed to the death of numerous children. As noted previously, the Embassy urges the government to conduct or permit a fair and independent investigation into this incident in the interest of upholding the rule of law.
The Ugandan people deserve a full and factual accounting of the events in Kasese, which the government has not yet allowed.
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