Uganda Country Guide

The Uganda Country Guide was produced by the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC).

The Country Guide is a compilation of publicly available information from international institutions, local NGOs, governmental agencies, businesses, media and universities, among others. International and domestic sources are identified on the basis of their expertise and relevance to the Ugandan context, as well as their timeliness and impartiality.

The survey of publicly available, international sources was carried out by DIHR in 2015. The draft was updated and localized by UHRC with some interaction with local stakeholders, from January to March 2016.

The completed Country Guide aims to provide a comprehensive overview, on the basis of the information available, of the ways in which companies do or may impact human rights in Uganda. The current Country Guide is not meant as an end product, or a final determination of country conditions. It is intended to be the basis, and the beginning, of a process of dissemination, uptake and modification. DIHR and the UHRC seek further engagement with local stakeholders, and intend to update the Country Guide on that basis.

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Ouganda : Des ONG appellent LafargeHolcim à assumer ses responsabilités face aux enfants "oubliés" de sa chaine d'approvisonnement ; inclus les commentaires de l’entreprise

24 May 2017 — En mars 2016 le journal Le Monde révélait qu’une cimenterie du groupe LafargeHolcim en Ouganda s’approvisionnait dans des carrières de pouzzolane où travaillaient des enfants. Suite a ces révélations le groupe a décidé en janvier 2017 de cesser de s'approvisionner dans les carrières en question. Un rapport publié par Pain pour le Prochain et Twerwaneho Listerners’ Club appelle LafargeHolfim à assumer ses responsabilités pour que ces enfants « oubliés » puissent retourner à l’école ou obtenir une formation professionnelle. 

Uganda: LafargeHolcim urged to remediate for child labour in its subsidiary's supply chain; includes Hima Cement's response

11 May 2017 — A report by Bread for All & Twerwaneho Listeners' Club has called on LafargeHolcim to take responsibility for former child labourers who have been supplying raw materials to its Uganda subsidiary for over 10 years. In its response, Hima Cement has denied existence of child labour in its supply chain.

Uganda: NGO promotes use of alternatives to mercury in artisanal gold mining to reduce health risks

18 May 2017 — "NAPE Promotes Alternative Methods of Extracting Gold from the ore without Mercury" NAPE is working in partnership with Uganda National Association of Occupational Health (UNACOH) and the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to promote Mercury-Free Project in artisanal Gold mining (ASGM) in selected districts in Uganda. The project is supported by Dialogs, a Danish NGO and Ban Toxic from the Philippines. Mercury is being used freely in Uganda regardless of the fact that Uganda is a signatory to the Minamata and ILO conventions that banned the use of mercury globally. The project is a global initiative under the Convention that aims at eliminating the use of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector globally. Over the past century in Uganda, ASGM emerged as a relatively important source of livelihood and contributor to local economic development in several regions of the country. The ASGM sector in Uganda is informal, unregulated, and characterized by rudimentary methods, and use mercury to recover gold from the ore.          

Uganda: Chinese firm accused of land grabbing, compromising locals right to food; company denies allegations

18 May 2017 — “Chinese firm accused of grabbing land in Mubende” The manager of farm belonging to a Chinese Company known as Quality Parts (FOMASA) in Mubende district has been arrested on allegations of grabbing people’s land and torturing them.  The residents in Madudu sub-county, Mubende district allege that the company grabbed their land and have nowhere to plant food. However, the manager Stephen Tumwine says the company has the title for this land and it had compensated all former occupants.   

LafargeHolcim's response to rejoinder

23 May 2017 — "LafargeHolcim's response to rejoinder"

Uganda: LafargeHolcim urged to take responsibility for former child labourers supplying its subsidiary with raw materials

11 May 2017 — "Child Labour in the Supply Chain of LafargeHolcim in Uganda: Unresolved Issues" For more than 10 years, LafargeHolcim and its suppliers benefited from child labour among artisanal miners who supplied raw the company in Uganda. Following a public scandal...LafargeHolcim stopped buying [from] artisanal miners and decided to work only with mechanised mines. Bread for All and...Twerwaneho Listeners' Club (TLC) carried out an investigation following this scandal. Our investigation found out that...since Hima Cement stopped buying raw materials from artisanal miners, most children who dropped out of school lost their income. The increased unemployment led to higher [incidences of] theft in the communities and...more school drop out... In this respect, LafargeHolcim does not meet the minimum requirements of the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights...according to which companies should use their leverage on the suppliers to provide remediation in the case of negative human rights impacts...LafargeHolcim should work with its suppliers to implement programmes that enable former child labourers to return to school or receive vocational training in order to generate another source of income.

Uganda: Activists call for an end to discrimination against women in mining sector

8 May 2017 — "Address challenges faced by women in mining – MPs, activists ask government" Members of Parliament and human rights activists have asked government to enforce the laws in the mining sector to protect the right of women in the sector. [They]...said women in the minerals sector face a lot of challenges, which need to be addressed...Nivatiti Nandujja, Human Rights Coordinator at Action Aid Uganda (AAU)...explained that the few women employed in mines are working under inhuman and poor working conditions with meager pay. “Women working in mines do not enjoy the entitlement provided for by the law. They don’t get maternity leave or sick leave, but instead, when they get pregnant, they are simply laid off,” Nandujja said... Catherine Nyakecho, a Geologist working with Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development...said women in mines have been exposed to more poor working conditions than men. For instance in stone quarrying, she said women and children are engaged in crashing stones with their bare hands, which exposes them to accidents and a lot of dust, which affect their lives. Despite spending a whole day crashing stones, women get meager pay. “Stone quarries lack toilets and therefore women during menstruation periods have to travel back home for health break – wasting a lot of their valuable time and when they fall sick, they get no payment,” she said.  

Uganda: Families appeal court order re-evicting them from land initially earmarked for oil waste management plant

8 May 2017 — "Rwamutonga families to be re-evicted; Masindi court has ordered" Masindi High Court has cleared another eviction for families in Rwamutonga village, Hoima district, where a US firm wanted to set up an oil waste treatment plant. An order dated April 4th 2017 signed by the assistant registrar Acio Julia cleared Ochika Julius, a court bailiff, to give vacant possession of the land to Tibagwa Joshua and Kusiima Robinah and to demolish any illegal structures on the land... The centre manager at Justice Centres Uganda, Mr. Tiyo Jonathan, wrote on April 21st 2017 to the Masindi resident judge asking him to exercise his supervisory powers and halt the execution of the eviction and investigate anomalies in the court process. He said the bailiff had been directed to put Tibagwa and Kusiima in possession of the land from where the families were wrongfully evicted. He stated that the lawyers are preparing to file an application for a judicial review to quash the warrant and prohibit the intended execution so as not to cause injustice and inconvenience to the families. Much as the eviction has not yet taken place, it can be executed anytime from now. The eviction order will expire on May 4th 2017.

Bread for All & Twerwaneho Listeners' Club's rejoinder

23 May 2017 — "Position of TLC & BFA on the response of LafargeHolcim (LH)"   

Uganda: Local farmers failure to support rice project attributed to lack of information, including by the prospective investor

21 Apr 2017 — The failure by local farmers to support a rice project has been blamed for failure to adequately consult the local community and provide information, including the details of the prospective private investor.