A Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Tanzania

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The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) along with Protection Desk Uganda (PDU) a joint project of EHAHRDP and Protection International that carries out security training, assessment and offers advice on security matters, carried out a fact-finding mission to Tanzania from the 25th-28th November 2009. The overall objective was to assess the situation of human rights defenders in Tanzania.

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Human Rights Defender of the month: Kasale Maleton Mwaana

Kasale’s human rights activism precedes his years. The son of pastoralist parents from Ngorongoro district in northern Tanzania, he grew up seeing his parents and entire community having to defend their land and way of life against authorities who thought their lands could be put to better use. Now, at 25, Kasale is already one of the most recognizable advocates of his people’s cause, much to the ire of Tanzanian authorities.
“Our people’s struggle goes back many generations. It started with the pushing out of our forefathers from Serengeti to gazette Serengeti National Park in 1959, and then further evictions from the Ngorongoro crater to gazette the Ngorongoro conservation area in 1975. Since then, every generation has had to resist further evictions. It’s now my generation’s turn,” he says.

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