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Let's Face Up to Land Grabbing

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Let’s face up to Land Grabbing
1. How does land grabbing happen?
2. Why is land administration failing to protect land rights?
3. Why is the legal system failing to protect people’s land rights?
4. Why is customary protection failing to prevent land grabbing?
5. Land Rights in Urban Areas.
6. Land grabbing - what’s it to do with me?

Let’s face up to Land grabbing- Introduction Sep 2009
This pack contains a set of 6 papers analysing different aspects of land grabbing.
They are our contribution to what we hope will become a long national debate and fight
against a problem that can truly unite all Ugandans of good-will, because regardless of any
ethnic, political or religious differences, we all believe in a Uganda where people can live
on their land and in their communities in peace, security and harmony.
» Download the article as a pdf file . . .

1. How does land grabbing happen? Sep 2009
“Land grabbing” means deliberately and illegally taking away someone else’s land rights
– e.g. taking their land, or refusing to give them their legal inheritance. After hearing many
stories of land grabbing in seven districts, many common threads could be identified.
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2. Why is land administration failing to protect land rights? Sep 2009

Customary land law, which Parliament has supported with full legal backing,
takes very seriously the protection of everyone’s land rights,
especially women and children. Despite this, the situation on the ground is alarming.
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3. Why is the legal system failing to protect people’s land rights? Sep 2009
Ugandan Land Law is one of the best in Africa at protecting people’s rights. The law recognises
private ownership, whether by individuals, families or communities, and the State cannot take away
any land, without paying full compensation. And yet, despite everything, land grabbing in
almost every village is rampant.
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4. Why is customary protection failing to prevent land grabbing? Sep 2009
There are many reasons why land grabbing is so rampant and why the vulnerable so often face
rights violations. Part of the problem is the lack of a land administration system for customary
land.
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5. Land Rights in Urban Areas Sep 2009
Land rights in urban areas face many of the same threats as those in rural areas:
the higher commercial value of urban land makes it more tempting, and many of the
same processes by which the strong take from the weak also occur.
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6. Land grabbing - what’s it to do with me? Sep 2009
The first step for us all is to open our eyes and recognise the problem. The second step is for us
to decide to play our part in ending it. Land grabbing is a cancer which is already starting
to eat away at the society from its very core. Unless we act now to cut it out, it will spread its destruction
to the very heart of Ugandan society. It may leave us unable to restore the society to health.
» Download the article as a pdf file . . .