INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN UGANDA:
A REVIEW OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION OF
THE BATWA PEOPLE, THE BENET PEOPLE AND PASTORALIST COMMUNITIES
Source: United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda
Description: This report presents information pertaining to the Batwa people, the Benet people and pastoralist communities in Uganda, who all presents the characteristics of indigenous people as per international law. They have a common experience of landlessness and historical injustices caused by the creation of conservation areas in Uganda. All three groups have been forced to leave their ancestral lands for many years and still today experience various human rights violations, including marginalisation, discrimination, poverty, malnutrition and violence. This report also reiterates information that has been previously presented to the Commission and is presented to respectfully remind the Commission and the Ugandan delegation, whom we hope will read this report with interest, of the situation of indigenous peoples in Uganda.
In the past 10 years, the Commission has been issuing detailed and explicit guidance on the implementation of the rights of indigenous peoples in Uganda. However, as shown in this report, no measures have been taken by the government to follow up on the recommendations of the Commission or those of other international human rights bodies. One key reason for this lack of implementation of indigenous peoples rights as per international law is the confusion around the definition of indigenous peoples in the Ugandan Constitution and international law, which leads to a lack of recognition of the very existence of indigenous peoples in Uganda.