Protimos is continuing to help the threatened Uvinje village in their land rights dispute with the Tanzanian authorities. As part of our efforts, Protimos asked a Tanzanian human rights organisation, the Legal and Human Rights Centre (‘LHRC’), to visit the Uvinje sub-village.
The LHRC’s visit was productive; the Uvinje villagers gave detailed interviews, describing both the Uvinje’s land claims and their experiences of the dispute. The residents then showed LHRC staff around the village and its surrounding land.
The LHRC report describes the Uvinje residents as ‘living in fear and tension’. Yet there is no suggestion that the villagers are willing to accept compensation or in any way concede on this land rights issue: as the report states, ‘they are ready to die defending their very precious asset’.
Protimos is deeply grateful to the LHRC for their thorough and valuable report. The information it contains will help the villagers in their pursuit of justice.
The LHRC’s report can be found below. Please share it widely.
To find out more about the LHRC, please visit http://www.humanrights.or.tz/.