Uganda: President Museveni lifts ban on European-backed rights group

Uganda: President Museveni lifts ban on European-backed rights group

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has lifted a ban on a European-backed rights group, nearly 18 months after its suspension, the presidency said in a statement.

Yoweri Museveni said the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) – backed by the European Union, Austria, Denmark, Ireland and other states – could reopen as long as the government had a say in its affairs, the presidency said.

The rights groups accused the government and security services of clamping down on the opposition in the build-up to a presidential election.

The president suspended the organization after he accused its funders of meddling in politics ahead of elections in the country.

The Danish ambassador, speaking on behalf of the group, said the decision was welcome and that there was no problem with having a government presence on the organization’s board, Reuters reported.

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