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7 Jul 2020

Witness Radio (Uganda)

Seven lawyers and six locals arrested when investigating alleged mass evictions by multinationals

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 "Seven lawyers among those arrested while investigating mass evictions by multinationals in Kiryandongo"

This afternoon, at around 15:00 hours East African time, anti-riot police rounded up and arrested 7 lawyers who were investigating circumstances surrounding the forceful eviction of over 35,000 people being disposed by 3 multinationals (Agilis Partners, Great Season and Kiryandongo Sugar Limited). The lawyers arrested include Kaijuka Aaron, Christine Marunga, Joan Balyerali, Brian Tuwayenga, Eric Bajole, Muhindo Morgan and Nafula Elizabeth.

The arrest comes at a time when defense lawyers were preparing to close their submissions for the start of the hearing of cases. Before and during the Covid-19 lockdown, the 3 multinational companies were dragged to court; and Masindi High Court had indicated that it would issue a hearing date of notice. Alongside the arrested lawyers were 6 community members who were also arrested. They were being interviewed by the lawyers at the time of arrest.

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Uganda: Police arrest and charge seven lawyers investigating circumstances of alleged forceful eviction of locals by multinationals

Threats & attacks on rights groups and land & environmental defenders in Uganda