Loss of land is not the only challenge faced by Uganda’s Batwa women

In Uganda, many Batwa are homeless and isolated from their forests. For the women of the community, the situation is particularly challenging; rather than being able to gather foods from the forest, they must walk from one place to another in search of shelter, food and poorly paid work. Violence and discrimination are rife.

Indigenous peoples in Uganda release landmark document outlining their rights

At the end of three intense days of discussion, exchange and drafting, representatives from the Ik, Tepeth, Batwa, Benet and Ngikarimajong have released the Kisoro Memorandum, a definitive statement of their rights and expectations for support from their government and from other actors, including the UN system.

Les peuples autochtones en Ouganda rendent public le Mémorandum de Kisoro – un document historique présentant leurs droits

À la fin de trois journées intenses de discussion, d'échanges et de rédaction, des représentantes des peuples ik, tepeth, batwa, benet et ngikarimajong ont rendu public le Mémorandum de Kisoro, une déclaration définitive de leurs droits et de leurs attentes en matière de soutien de la part de leur gouvernement et d’autres acteurs, dont le système des Nations Unies.

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.

La Petición Batwa Ante El Tribunal Constitucional De Uganda

Autor: Organización Unida para el Desarrollo Batwa en Uganda (UOBDU)

El 8 de febrero de 2013 los Batwa de Uganda presentaron una petición ante el Tribunal Constitucional de Uganda para que se reconociera su condición de pueblos indígenas según el derecho internacional.  Además pidieron que se les compensara por la marginación histórica y las continuas violaciones de los derechos humanos que han sufrido como consecuencia de haber sido desposeídos de sus tierras forestales ancestrales por el Gobierno.


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.

FPP E-Newsletter December 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

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”.

E-Boletín FPP Diciembre 2013 (PDF Version)

Queridos amigos:

¿Qué perspectivas hay de proteger los derechos territoriales de los pueblos indígenas, las comunidades locales y las mujeres en un futuro cercano?

Batwa indigenous people gain more skills in gender

A gender workshop organised in Kisoro, south-western Uganda, from the 19-21 November 2012 that aimed to initiate indigenous people in general aspects of gender, has ended successfully.

The workshop was facilitated by the United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU) and Forest Peoples Programme and hosted fifty Batwa men and women from the districts of Kanungu, Mbarara, Kabale and Kisoro. Youngsters aged 14 - 20 also attended the workshop.

El pueblo indígena de los Batwa recibe formación sobre cuestiones de género

Un taller sobre cuestiones de género fue organizado en Kisoro, en el sudoeste de Uganda, entre el 19 y el 21 de noviembre de 2012, con el objetivo de iniciar al pueblo indígena en los aspectos generales sobre el género.  El taller concluyó con éxito.

El taller estaba organizado por la United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda o UOBDU (Organización Unida para el Desarrollo de los Batwa) y el Forest Peoples Programme o FPP (Programa para los pueblos de los Bosques), y en él participaron cincuenta hombres y mujeres Batwa de los distritos de Kanungu, Mbarara, Kabale y Kisoro. También asistieron al taller jóvenes de edades comprendidas entre los 14 y los 20 años. 

Le people autochtone Batwa acquiert plus de connaissances sur le genre

Un atelier sur le genre a eu lieu du 19 au 21 novembre à Kisoro, dans le sud-ouest de l’Ouganda. Cet atelier qui s’est révélé une réussite avait pour but d’initier le peuple Batwa aux aspects généraux relatifs au genre.

L’atelier a été facilité par le United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU) et le Forest Peoples Programme et a vu la participation de cinquante hommes et femmes Batwa provenant des districts de Kanungu, Mbarara, Kabale et Kisoro. Des jeunes âgés de 14 à 20 ans ont également pris part à l’atelier.

Masyarakat adat Batwa memperoleh ketrampilan lebih banyak tentang gender

Sebuah lokakarya gender yang diselenggarakan di Kisoro, di kawasan barat daya Uganda, pada tanggal 19-21 November 2012 dan ditujukan untuk mengenalkan aspek-aspek umum gender kepada masyarakat adat,  telah berakhir dengan sukses.

Lokakarya tersebut difasilitasi oleh United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU) dan Forest Peoples Programme dan dihadiri oleh lima puluh laki-laki dan perempuan Batwa dari distrik Kanungu, Mbarara, Kabale dan Kisoro. Kaum muda berusia 14 - 20 juga ikut menghadiri lokakarya tersebut. 

FPP E-Newsletter December 2012 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

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.