Center for Food and Adequate Living Rights v. Uganda
A controversial new crude oil pipeline – the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (“EACOP”) – is slated to carry oil from Uganda to Tanzania for export to the international market. This pipeline is being built at precisely the time when we need – now more than ever – to keep fossil fuels in the ground. In order to prevent the additional greenhouse gas emissions that would result from this project and the host of other human rights harms it would generate, a group of African NGOs have filed a complaint against Uganda, Tanzania, and the East African Community in the East African Court of Justice. In the complaint, the plaintiffs argue, among other things, that the respondent governments’ approval of the pipeline project fails to comply with environmental and social assessment requirements and that the project itself would violate the human rights of local communities. The case is currently pending before the Court.