SCGs sue Rwanda, Uganda over border closure

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Three civil society groups in Uganda are taking legal action against the government of Rwanda and Uganda over an ongoing border closure between the two nations.

With the closure now in its fourth month, one of the busiest border crossings between the neighbouring countries remains inaccessible and the economic impact continues to grow – not only for the two governments but also local business people.

SCGs sue Rwandan, Ugandan governments

With the economic impact of the border closure escalating, three social society groups have filed a lawsuit against the governments of Rwanda and Uganda in the East African Court of Justice.

According to the Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI), which is one of the regional groups involved, says the lawsuit was filed on June 21. It asks the court to issue a permanent injunction against the government of Rwanda and Uganda from closing the border, allowing the free movement of goods and people.

Uganda’s Ministry of Trade and Industry says the country’s exports to Rwanda are down from $660 million to around $203 million since the border was first closed in February. Rwanda has also reported losses in the region of $104 million.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.