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11 Apr 2013

FIAN International [Germany]

Ugandan court orders compensation be paid to evictees of the Kaweri-Coffee-Plantation

The High Court in...Uganda ordered that compensation in the amount of approximately eleven million Euros be paid to the 2,041 evictees of land now occupied by the Kaweri-Coffee-Plantation, which is owned by the German Neumann Gruppe...[T]he compensation is not demanded directly from the defendants themselves, but rather from the lawyers of the German investors...However, in his final remarks the judge harshly criticizes the German investors for neglecting their human rights duty to perform due diligence...“The German investors had a duty to ensure that our indigenous people were not exploited. They should have respected the human rights and values of people and as honorable businessman and investors they should have not moved into the lands unless they had satisfied themselves that the tenants were properly compensated, relocated and adequate notice was given to them,” the judgment states.