Ugandan strongman Yoweri Museveni has declared an international lawyer representing Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, a persona non grata.
In diplomacy, a persona non grata is a foreign person whose entering or remaining in a particular country is prohibited by that country’s government.
Mr Robert Amsterdam is one of the lawyers who has come up to defend Mr Kyagulanyi against the treason charges facing him.
The government still maintains that Bobi Wine who is currently remanded in Gulu Prison, is one of the suspects who allegedly pelted stones at one of the vehicles in the President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy, smashing its rear windscreen.
Daily Monitor reports that Mr Medard Sseggona, one of Bobi Wine’s lawyers, said if Uganda has declared Mr Amsterdam a persona non grata, it is a primitive decision, which would indicate the government is panicking.
“[It would imply] the [government] thinks he, Mr Amsterdam, can only be useful if he is in Kampala. We can work with any lawyer across the globe,” Mr Sseggona said.
On Saturday, Mr Amsterdam, through an article titled ‘Uganda’s brutal treatment of MPs is enabled by global indifference’, which appeared online on the Guardian, called for visa bans and targeted sanctions on individuals responsible for committing human rights abuses.
“These types of individualized sanctions are a very effective deterrent against future attacks on human rights while limiting the collateral damage to innocent citizens,” Mr Amsterdam wrote.
Mr Robert Amsterdam is a Canadian international lawyer of Amsterdam & Partners, law firm which has offices in Washington, DC and London.
His law firm is frequently sought after for its unique practice areas which explore synergies between public international law, international criminal law, and political advocacy.
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