Mr. Speaker, today we learned of troubling reports that Uganda's parliament may pass a bill introduced by the government that will limit the freedom of assembly and severely restrict the ability of the opposition members or activists to hold public rallies.
As Canadians, that proposed legislation goes against our fundamental core values, such as freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. We remain concerned that the bill, if passed, would further limit the freedom in Uganda.
Our government will continue to speak up for democratic values around the world and push this message to any country that seeks to undermine democratic institutions.
We call on the Government of Uganda to respect the rights and freedoms of expression and assembly enshrined in its constitution, and to fulfill its international human rights obligations.