“It is troubling that a Member of Parliament would be detained for exercising his right to freedom of speech and assembly while protesting peacefully in Uganda. Mr. Wine has captured the voice of young people in Uganda and should not be detained because of his political or social beliefs.
“I am discouraged that talks between the organizers of the Sudanese protests and the ruling Military Transitional Council (MTC) have been suspended. The MTC has failed to meet the demands of Sudanese citizens who have vowed to continue to protest until the country returns to civilian rule.
“On April 8, 2019, the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice announced the selection of the Hudson Institute to host the Independent Review Committee required under the First Step Act. After the announcement, the Department briefed Congressional staff on implementation of the First Step Act, and our concerns about this decision remain.
“First, William Barr put out a 19-paged audition memo calling Robert Mueller’s investigation ‘overly aggressive’ and ‘fatally misconceived’.
“The Secretary of State’s announcement today was an unfortunate step backwards and will isolate the United States in the Western Hemisphere and put our nation at odds with some of our most important allies. The groups that stand to lose the most from today’s announcement are the Cuban people and American businesses, not the Cuban government.
"I was encouraged by the minimal violence last night as the protestors stayed out beyond the curfew. I encourage all parties to refrain from violence as citizens exercise their right to peacefully protest and demand a transition to civilian rule.
“The news of President Omar al-Bashir’s resignation after months of protests demonstrates that governments must be responsive to their citizens' demands for inclusive governance, respect of human rights and the basic right of their citizens to peacefully express their civil liberties. I support the Sudanese people’s consistent and peaceful demands for a citizen-led transition to democracy.