In the statements seen by Uganda Radio Network-URN, four EU member states criticize the increased restrictions on the media and CSOs which they say are key in developing democracy and protecting human rights especially during the ongoing election campaign period.
The European diplomatic missions that have this afternoon endorsed the statement issued on the election-related violence in the country are that of Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Iceland and Norway.
The Deputy Premier told URN that the EU delegates are in the district to assess the magnitude of damage at Zoka Forest Central Reserve which is among Uganda`s largest tropical rain forest measuring about 1,259 hectares, in the South of Adjumani district.
Bugoma forest, which is habitat to over 600 chimpanzees and a migratory corridor for large mammals like elephants, has been under attack by criminal 'individual' loggers and sugar cane planters after the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) cleared Hoima Sugar Limited to plant cane on part of the forestland.
While speaking at the send-off event for the students at his residence in Kololo, the EU Head of Delegation to Uganda, Ambassador Attilio Pacifici said that the students had been awarded scholarships to pursue joint Master Degrees in European Universities under the European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students-Erasmus.
Lodge owners and tourism operators have appealed to the European Union (EU) delegation in Uganda to consider clear accessibility of the Euro 6 million grant (25.2 billion Shillings) that was recently extended to support the private tourism sector.
Tourism is one of Uganda’s top foreign exchange-earners with annual receipts of USD 1.6 billion brought in by 1.8 million tourists according to the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB). Out of the 1.8 million tourists, 1.3 million are foreigners while 500,000 are local tourists.
The project is part of a bigger USD 1.3 million (4.8 billion Shillings) three-year program for Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. It also covers the training of judicial and law enforcement officers in both countries, the installation and supply of camera traps inside the park and specialized training of wildlife crime analysts.
The Human Rights Defenders Award is presented by the European Union and Norway every year in recognition of an outstanding contribution by a human rights defender active in Uganda. This year’s award, which is the 9th edition, was also given in memory of the late Med Kaggwa, the former head of Uganda Human Rights Commission in honour of his contribution to human rights.
"In the case of improving Uganda as a business destination, we dealt with Security. Uganda is an island of peace because we created a capable indigenous State. We resolved the issue of the State, we had a criminal State before, you remember Idi Amin and how he expelled all Indians...this is reason number one why you should look at Uganda as a business destination," he said.
According to the project design, the project meant to cover 556 acres of land acres of land will consist of 81 fish ponds, an ice plants and hatcheries in the 1st phase of the project that will run for a period of 4 years.
The EU said in a statement that the outbreak could have devastating consequences on food security in the region where 27.5 million people suffer from severe food insecurity and at least 35 million more are at risk.
The road starts in Atiak at a junction off the Gulu – Atiak - Nimule road and runs in a northwestern direction through Adjumani town. It ends at Umi, the ferry landing site on the River Nile. The existing gravel road will be widened and upgraded to an asphalt road, the company said.
The withdrawal agreement will enter into force upon the UK's exit from the EU, on 31 January 2020 at midnight. From that time on, the UK will no longer be an EU member state and will be considered as a third country. The exit leaves the European Union with 27 members.
Dr. Roswitha Kremser, the Head of Office of Austrian Development Agency, said that they observed a dire situation of women in particular citing testimonies about the continued existence of female genital mutilation, lack of access to land, gender based violence and others.
Roswitha cited a need to establish special courts for cases on Gender Based Violence noting that they are to engage government through the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ministry about the matter in order to support their establishment and operation.