The land defenders were arrested for defending over 3000 people from being violently evicted by local businessman George Kaweesi, many of whom were previously evicted by Kaweeri Coffee Plantation limited in the early 2000s.
The government has prioritised provision of land to investors, mainly large scale and foreign-based, free of charge or for a nominal sum, under an incorrect assumption that this will result in livelihood improvement for all the people.
Uganda’s government is supporting the rapid growth of extractive industries, but ranged against this is the swift growth of an eco-feminist movement that regards protection of the environment as essential to the protection of human rights.
Kiryandongo Sugar, allegedly owned by some Indians, Agilis, owned by an American called Philip Investor, and Sole Agro Business Company, also owned by Indians, have been named in the evictions of thousands of people in the western districts of Kiryandongo and Masindi in Uganda.
En 2001, l'armée ougandaise a expulsé de force les habitants de 4 villages du district de Mubende en Ouganda au profit de l’allemand Neumann Kaffee Gruppe. Dix huit ans après, le tribunal a ordonné la médiation.