Group: Democratic space shrinking in Uganda ahead of polls

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Posted: Dec 07, 2015 9:28 AM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — An international human rights group says the Ugandan government is reducing democratic space in the East African country ahead of February polls in which long-term President Yoweri Museveni will seek to extend his almost 30-year rule.

Amnesty International said Monday that Uganda's police have been arbitrarily arresting opposition candidates and dispersing their campaign rallies ahead of the February 18 presidential and parliamentary elections.

The report says the "excessive force" used by police to disrupt the opposition gatherings is hindering the ability of Ugandans to receive information and engage with the opposition ahead of the elections. The report cites the arrests of the main opposition candidates, Amama Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye, and their supporters between July and October.