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Anti-oil pipeline activist in Uganda apprehended, pressure group says

A Ugandan activist campaigning to stop the development of a $5 billion petroleum pipeline in east Africa by France's TotalEnergies and others has been detained by Uganda's military, the group he works for stated on Wednesday.

Stephen Kwikiriza from the Ugandan environmental pressure group Environment Governance Institute (EGI) has been marketing to stop the East African Petroleum Pipeline (EACOP).

The 1,445-km pipeline is to bring crude from oilfields in Uganda's west through Tanzania to a port on Tanzania's coast.

The pipeline's opponents, including Human Rights Watch, say the task will displace numerous thousands of individuals, damage delicate communities and weaken efforts to restrict carbon emissions.

In a declaration, EGI stated the Ugandan armed force had actually detained Kwikiriza on Tuesday in the capital Kampala, according to a text message he sent out to an associate. His whereabouts are unknown, stated EGI, which deals with other groups to oppose the pipeline.

The StopEACOP coalition ... condemn this newest abduction and all the current escalation of intimidation and arrests and urges the Ugandan authorities to launch the human rights defender, EGI's statement stated

Deo Akiiki, deputy spokesperson for Uganda's armed force said. he was not knowledgeable about Kwikiriza's arrest. He said EGI must make a report to cops if they thought their coworker was missing out on.

TotalEnergies did not instantly reply to an ask for remark. The company has actually protected the job in the past, saying that it follows stringent Ugandan and Tanzanian ecological laws.

Pressure groups accuse Ugandan authorities of harassing activists who have been waring EACOP. Ugandan authorities reject the allegation.

Last month 7 activists were quickly detained outside the Chinese embassy in Kampala as they prepared to hand over a. petition to the Chinese ambassador asking China to not money the. pipeline.