Rights activists task UN on Apaa land evictees’ plight

Protest. Some of the residents of Apaa Village in Mungula Parish, Itirikwa Sub-county, Adjumani District pitch camp at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Gulu Municipality on Monday. ACTIONAID PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • Apaa land, measuring approximately 40 square kilometres, is at the centre of dispute between residents and leaders in Amuru and Adjumani districts.
  • Uganda Wildlife Authority and National Forestry Authority [UWA] claim the land is a protected East Madi Wildlife game reserve and Zoka Central Forest, respectively.

GULU. An alliance of civil society organisations have piled pressure on the United Nations (UN) officials and the government to respond to the plight of the Apaa land evictees, who have camped at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Gulu Municipality.
More than 200 residents of Apaa village in Mungula Parish, Itirikwa Sub-county, Adjumani District, have pitched camp at the UN compound since July 11, protesting ongoing evictions by government security forces.
The residents demand that the UN human rights body intervenes and stop government security agencies from forcefully evicting them from the contentious land.

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