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Forced Maasai evictions in Tanzania

EDM (Early Day Motion) 228: tabled on 30 June 2022

Tabled in the 2022-23 session.

This motion has been signed by 13 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House stands in solidarity with the Maasai people of Tanzania who are being forcibly evicted on the false pretence that they are damaging the ecosystem through a growth in population; notes that some 150,000 Maasai people live in the Ngorongoro and Loliondo Conservation areas of Tanzania, a designated UNESCO World Heritage since 2010 on account of its cultural value; urges the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to temporarily suspend its designation of Ngorongoro as a World Heritage site as it fails to comply with UNESCO’s human rights criteria; further notes that the United Nations Special Rapporteurs have called on the Tanzanian Government to immediately halt plans for the relocation of indigenous people; is concerned that the Tanzanian Government is ignoring the views of the UN panel of experts who in July 2021 stated that such evictions jeopardize the Maasai’s physical and cultural survival in the name of nature conservation, safari tourism and trophy hunting, ignoring the relationship that the Maasai traditionally have with their lands, territories and resources and their stewardship role in protecting biodiversity; is alarmed to hear reports of the Tanzanian police and security forces using unlawful force to remove local indigenous communities; calls upon the Tanzanian Government to cease such action forthwith, repatriate those removed to date, and compensate those injured in the process; and further calls on the United Arab Emirates to refuse to participate in any such scheme to displace indigenous people and engage in trophy hunting in Tanzania.