Since evictions started in 2017, communities have faced acts of violence meted against them by multinational companies from sexual violence against women, torture, beating, kidnap to illegal arrest and detention.
Communities affected by land grabbing from different parts of Uganda have formed a movement to fight for food sovereignty while pushing back on land grabs by multinational agribusiness companies and individual investors.
Oil palm growing in Buvuma district has faced slow progress due to irregularities raised by residents including delayed compensations and underpayments that discouraged Bidco Uganda to occupy its nucleus estate.
The defenders believe that the charges brought against them are linked to their human rights work of mobilizing and empowering communities in Kiryandongo to resist violent evictions by foreign agribusiness companies.
Two sugarcane companies have begun clearing thousands of hectares in disputed sections of Uganda’s Bugoma Forest. The National Forestry Authority (NFA) is challenging land titles granted to Hoima Sugar Limited and MZ Agencies, but a series of court defeats has forced the authority to remove its guards.
The prosecution alleges that the eight land defenders threatened to harm a police officer and workers of one of the companies involved in large-scale land grabs for agricultural plantations in Kiryandongo, Uganda.
Cerca de 30 mil personas del distrito de Kiryandongo, Uganda, están siendo desalojadas violentamente de sus hogares y fincas para dar paso a los proyectos de agricultura industrial de tres empresas extranjeras: Agilis Partners, Kiryandongo Sugar y Great Season SMC.
On estime à 30 000 les habitants du district de Kiryandongo, en Ouganda, à être violemment expulsés de leurs maisons et de leurs champs pour laisser la place aux projets d'agriculture industrielle de trois sociétés étrangères – Agilis Partners, Kiryandongo Sugar et Great Season SMC.
Numerous women say they were raped by workers of three multinational companies that have been evicting people off a chunk of land in Uganda measuring about 37.8 square miles to establish large scale commercial farms.