In August 2001, the Ugandan army destroyed four villages in the Mubende district and forcibly displaced their inhabitants to make way for the Kaweri Coffee Plantation. Approximately 4,000 inhabitants were not compensated. Their right to food and nutrition and related rights are still being violated as a result of this expulsion. In 2002, they sued the Ugandan Government and the Ugandan subsidiary of the Neumann Group. The trial is still ongoing.
On July 1, 2019, the responsible judge ordered mediation proceedings to be completed by 28 August 2019. "If all parties wish, this long-standing conflict can be resolved quickly through mediation. The displaced persons have always declared their willingness to reach an amicable settlement under fair conditions," explains Gertrud Falk of FIAN Germany, who has accompanied the case for the last 17 years. "With the online petition, we are pointing out to the Ugandan Government and the Neumann Kaffee Group that the case draws international attention and it is now in their hands to end the conflict. The petition can still be signed here.
The human rights organisation for the right to food and nutrition FIAN has also launched a letter campaign addressed to the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. The Foreign Minister has reacted to the letters received. FIAN’s letter to his response can be read here.
According to recent reports by the displaced, a high-level meeting between the Neumann Coffee Group, the Ugandan government and the German Embassy Kampala took place on August 20 on the grounds of the Kaweri coffee plantation. The results of the meeting are not yet known.
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Gertrud Falk, FIAN Germany,