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19 Feb 2015

Friends of the Earth Europe

Ugandan oil palm project taken to court over land-grab claims

Farmers in Uganda evicted by oil palm plantations are today presenting a lawsuit [in Uganda] against a joint venture co-owned by the oil palm giant Wilmar International. They are claiming restitution for their grabbed land and fair compensation for damages, three years after their land was taken for plantation development. Friends of the Earth International is backing the communities' land grab case, filed after…dialogue with the government and the company which has failed to bring them justice…The land grab occurred…in 2011, leaving at least one hundred small-scale farmers landless. Displaced smallholders received little compensation, if any…[The] plaintiffs are now waiting for a hearing date in court...If the judge sustains their complaint, over 100 farmers will receive compensation and the restitution of their land. [Also refers to Bidco Oil Refineries, Bidco Uganda, Josovina Commodities, Oil Palm Uganda]

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Uganda: Farmers file lawsuit against palm-oil company over alleged land grabbing

Oil Palm Uganda lawsuit (re land grabs in Uganda)