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PETITION TO HER EXCELLENCY THE MINISTER OF ENERGY HON.

IRENE MULONI KAMPALA UGANDA April 14 , 2013 We, households and residents of .., Kabaale Parish, Hoima District, listed and identified below, Noting that we are the lawful and habitual residents of the area in which the Government of Uganda intends to build an oil refinery and its facilities; Observing that we havent received adequate information about compensation rates or relocation sites, we overturn any previous option made by us; Aiming to prevent arbitrary displacements and to make a final and grounded decision between compensation and resettlement; Recalling Article 12 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), asserting that everyone lawfully within the territory of a State shall, within that territory, have the right to liberty of movement and freedom to choose his residence; Recalling Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights(ICCPR), asserting that no one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family or home; Recalling Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), asserting the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions; Recalling Article 5.3 of the Great Lakes Region Protocol on the Protection and Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons, 2006, also referred to as The Kampala Convention, asserting that in cases of development induced displacement Member States shall obtain, as far as possible, the free and informed consent of those to be displaced prior to undertaking displacement justified by compelling and overriding public interest and development; Recalling Article 5.4 of the same Protocol, asserting that Member States shall provide full information on the reasons and procedures concerning development induced displacement and, where applicable, on compensation and relocation; Recalling Article 5.5 of the same Protocol, asserting that Member States shall provide adequate and habitable sites of relocation to persons displaced by large scale development projects and that their displacement is effected in satisfactory conditions of safety, nutrition, health and hygiene; Noting that the Republic of Uganda ratified all the international instruments listed above and, therefore, is bounded by their terms; Recalling Article 3.3 of the Ugandan Policy for Internally Displaced Persons, asserting the right of every human being to be protected against being arbitrarily displaced from his or her home or place of habitual residence; Recalling Article 3.3 of the Ugandan Policy for Internally Displaced Persons, asserting that the prohibition of arbitrary displacement includes displacement in cases of large-scale development projects; We the petitioners hereby REQUEST: 1) To receive, prior to removal, full information about monetary compensation rates, individualized by householder, 2) To receive, prior to removal, full information about relocation sites (including the possibility of prior inspection by selected members of our community), which shall be in similar condition and value of the place that we are currently living
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