UN guidelines on eviction

Court “stands tall”, rules that state violates evictees’ rights

The failure of Uganda’s Government to pass laws protecting people evicted from private and public land has come under the sharp eye of the high court. Following an application brought by a local human rights lawyer, the court has declared that failure to pass laws setting out proper procedures in the case of evictions violated the rights to life, dignity and property of those affected. Judge Musa Ssekaana ordered the government to report back within seven months on its progress towards such legislative guidelines.

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Hard to imagine in a country with a strong constitution that goes back almost 25 years, but Uganda has no legal provisions for the protection of some of its most vulnerable people: those evicted from private or public land.

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