Alternative report to the Initial report of the Republic of Uganda to be presented at the 55th session of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: 1st – 19th June 2015
What are the prospects for securing the land rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, and women in the foreseeable future?
Significantly, the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, under Goal 1 to “End Poverty”, sets a target to “Increase by x% the share of women and men, communities, and businesses with secure rights to land, property, and other assets”.
The importance of ensuring respect for the rights of forest peoples’ to control their forests, lands and livelihoods, becomes ever clearer and yet more contested. As the articles in this edition of our newsletter starkly reveal, land and resource grabs are not just being imposed by commercial developers but are being actively promoted by governments, whose principle responsibility should be to protect the rights of citizens. Yet these same impositions are also being resisted, sometimes at great personal cost, by local communities and indigenous peoples.
Uganda's first Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling Project was organised in 2011 in Kisoro by the Batwa, former hunter-gatherers who were evicted from two national parks 20 years ago. Watch the video here.
Paragraphs 39-40 contain recommendations towards the rights of Batwa women.
Submitted by United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU) and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP)
Part of FPP's series on:Land rights and the forest peoples of Africa - Historical, legal and anthropological perspectivesA series of five country studies, plus a broad overview, examining indigenous peoples' land rights in the forested countries of Africa.
Provides information on the situation of the indigenous Batwa people of Uganda and comments on Uganda's First Periodic Report to the Commission
For The Indigenous World 2009, IWGIA's YearbookPublished April 2009
Historical and contemporary land laws and their impact on indigenous peoples' land rights in Uganda: The case of the BatwaPart of FPP's series on:Land rights and the forest peoples of Africa - Historical, legal and anthropological perspectivesA series of five country studies, plus a broad overview, examining indigenous peoples' land rights in the forested countries of Africa.
Article published in New Vision, Uganda
This report is part of a series of country-specific reports produced by the African Commission's Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities.The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) adopted this report at its 43rd Ordinary Session, 7-22 May 2008
Report by the Government of Uganda to the African Comission on Human and Peoples' rights presented at the 44th ordinary session Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, November 10th - 24th 2008
Presented at the 44th Ordinary Session Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria 10-24 November 2008. Read the report in English here.
Part of FPP's series on Forest Peoples and Protected Areas focusing on Uganda Eight country studies and a synthesis report review the progress of the application of indigenous peoples’ rights with regards to protected areas since 2003.
Tripartate declaration to the governments of the DRC, Rwanda and Uganda on the creation of a transboundary reserve which includes Volcanoes National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Semliki National Park, and Virunga National Park