House of Lords written question – answered on 12th November 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the Public Order Management Act recently passed in Uganda which makes it illegal to hold a meeting of more than three people at which government policy is discussed without the written authority of the head of the Ugandan police.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We have been closely following the Public Order Management Bill, which was passed by Uganda’s Parliament on 6 August. We are working with local and international partners to understand fully the Act’s implications. However, the final Act had been amended during Parliamentary debates and is substantially different from the original bill. The clause regarding meetings of more than three people is not included in the final Act. It is important that implementation of the Act strikes the right balance between maintaining order and freedom of assembly.

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