URGENT ACTION HUNDREDS LEFT HOMELESS BY FORCED EVICTIONS
, Index number: AFR 59/8409/2018
Uganda since 15 March. So far, more than 250 homes have been burnt and destroyed,
leaving hundreds of people, including children homeless. The evictions have been
carried out by the authorities in violation of the constitution and international human
|Photo Credit Amnesty International|
Since 15 March, hundreds of people in Oyanga, Luru, Acholi Ber and Gaji villages in Apaa area, northern Uganda, have been left homeless after forced evictions by members of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF). This has resulted in hundreds of people, including children, spending nights in the bush during the ongoing rainy season. The latest forced evictions took place on 11 May. So far, soldiers have burnt down more than 250 homes, destroyed property and beat up villagers. According to reports from members of the affected community, armed soldiers beat them up, burnt their food and crops and threatened them with further violence in a bid to intimidate people into leaving their homes. According to media reports, the forced evictions are being carried out at the behest of the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the National Forestry Authority who allege that the villagers are occupying Zoka Forest reserve and East Madi Game Reserve.
The forced evictions are in contravention of an injunction issued by Gulu High Court in February 2018 stopping any evictions until a case filed by some of the villagers regarding the boundary dispute is heard and determined. The evictions have also been carried out without the safeguards required under international human rights law. Further, as a state party to the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (Kampala Convention), the Ugandan authorities should refrain from, prohibit and prevent arbitrary displacement of populations and provide protection and humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons
without discrimination of any kind.
Please write immediately in English or your own language:
- Calling on the Ugandan authorities to stop the forced evictions immediately;
- Urging them to provide emergency assistance to the victims of the forced evictions, including emergency shelter and access to food and sanitation, and guaranteeing their safe return to their homes;
- Calling on them to conduct an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation into the forced evictions and reports of violence by the UPDF and take necessary steps under law to hold those responsible to account.