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Court to Decide on Compelling Gov’t to Issue Land Eviction Guidelines

High Court judge Musa Ssekaana has set 20th December 2018 to decide on the petition filed by 5 lawyers, seeking to compel Government to issue eviction guidelines in line with human rights standards

This ruling was meant to be delivered on Thursday this week but the judge asked for more time to finish writing his judgement.

The petitioners are James Muhindo, Martin Muhumuza, Latin Alex, Charles Topoth and one Kiberu who are victims of land evictions.

These say they witnessed the degrading manner and the unconstitutional ways in which some evictions were carried out in the country.

They decided to sue government through Attorney General demanding comprehensive guidelines governing land evictions.

The petitioners argue that government has unjustifiably failed, ignored, neglected or otherwise refused to put in place clear measures or procedures consistent with the constitution, universally accepted norms and standards for regulation of eviction as well as resettlement of persons affected by development projects.

They asked court to make declarations that absence of adequate procedures governing evictions is a violation of the right to life, property and dignity as provided for under articles 22, 24 and 26 of the 1995 constitution

And that the delay or refusal or failure of government to put in place clear and procedural mechanisms to ensure respect in eviction and resettlement activities is in contravention with the core state obligations to respect and protect and fulfill rights under covenant on Economic , social and cultural rights

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