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The Batwa Petition Before Uganda's Constitutional Court

Author: United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU)

On 8th February 2013, the Batwa of Uganda submitted a petition to the Constitutional Court of Uganda seeking recognition of their status as indigenous peoples under international law and redress for the historic marginalisation and continuous human rights violations they have experienced as a result of being dispossessed of their ancestral forest lands by the government.

Before their eviction, the Batwa had lived in the forest since immemorial times. The measures taken to remove the Batwa, to create ‘environmentally protected’ areas, and to limit access and use of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Echuya Central Forest Reserve, resulted in the violation of the Batwa’s property rights over their ancestral lands. While colonial protection of the forest started in the 1920s, most Batwa continued to live in the forest and to use its resources until the 1990s; when they were evicted, without consultation, adequate compensation or offer of alternative land.

PETISI MASYARAKAT BATWA KEPADA MAHKAMAH KONSTITUSI UGANDA

Penulis: United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU)Pada tanggal 8 Februari 2013, masyarakat Batwa dari Uganda mengajukan petisi ke Mahkamah Konstitusi Uganda mencari pengakuan atas status mereka sebagai masyarakat adat menurut hukum internasional dan menuntut ganti rugi atas marginalisasi di masa lalu dan pelanggaran hak asasi manusia terus-menerus yang mereka alami sebagai akibat dari perampasan tanah hutan leluhur mereka oleh pemerintah.