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24 Oct 2022

Juliet Kigongo, Monitor Uganda

Uganda: 9 university students arrested for supporting EU resolution on halting controversial EACOP project over human rights & environmental concerns

"Environment activists demand release of nine students remanded over EACOP protest", 8 October 2022

A section of environment activists in Uganda have asked the state to unconditionally release a group of students who were arrested for holding a peaceful demonstration in support of the recent European Union resolution calling for the delay of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP)... The EU Parliament resolution seeks to delay the construction of the EACOP citing human rights abuse and environmental degradation concerns...

[The] National Association Of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) have asked the Uganda government and the oil companies to address the issues raised by the EU instead of continuing to intimidate and arrest people for talking about EACOP and other oil development projects in Uganda... [NAPE] said they are concerned about the brutal manner in which the students were arrested by the security operatives and that the offence of common nuisance they were charged with before being remanded to prison. 

The detained students are: Imran Ntabazi, a student at Gulu University, David Musiri and Vincent Lubega Nsamba, from Makerere University, and six Kyambogo University students identified as Gerald Wenani, Gonga Akisi, Marktom Kajubi, Benjamin Akiso, Alphonse Nkuruziza and Alex Waswa Lyazi...

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