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US silent on Uganda torture claims but says it is 'on the lookout'

Friday September 7 2018

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Ugandan politician Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, addresses a press conference with his lawyer Robert Amsterdam on September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC, for the first time after being treated for beatings by Ugandan security agents. PHOTO | ERIC BARADAT | AFP 

By KEVIN J. KELLEY
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NEW YORK,

The State Department said on Thursday that it is "on the lookout" for potential human rights abuses, but did not respond to claims at a Washington press conference that the Ugandan government uses US-supplied military equipment to torture its opponents.

"The military equipment we are supplying to Uganda is being used in a war of terror against Uganda's citizens," declared Robert Amsterdam, a US-based attorney representing Ugandan opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi.

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The 36-year-old Ugandan activist and MP, a singer popularly known as Bobi Wine, added at Thursday's press conference that "it is a habit for Ugandan authorities to torture people and then come out and lie about it."

Mr Wine came to the US on September 1 to receive medical treatment for what he says are injuries inflicted by Ugandan security personnel following his arrest in August.

Mr Amsterdam called for immediate suspension of US military aid to the Ugandan government.

He used the figure of $500 million in reference to that assistance, which may refer to the total sum the US has provided over several years. A Washington monitoring group says US aid to Uganda's police and military forces amounts to slight