Tanzania: European Parliament addresses land grabbing

The resolution, adopted by the EP on March 12, echoes FIDH’s recommendations presented during the tenth Human Rights AU EU dialogue in 2013 to address the magnitude of these issues, especially in regards to demanding full transparency and accountability in land acquisition deals and contracts. The resolution also calls for improved land rights for women, the support of local land administration and management, and the assessment of environmental damage on land.

Beginning in 2013, the issue of land grabbing in Tanzania has created a trend of criminalizing land and environmental human rights defenders. There has been a clear violation of human rights due to the lack of disclosure of large scale land acquisitions, the displacement of local communities, and the negative social, economic, and environmental impacts that have been placed on Tanzania and its people.

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