Norway is concerned about human rights in Tanzania
Norway is concerned about the human rights situation in Tanzania, which over the past 50 years has received more Norwegian assistance than any other country.
“We are concerned about the development of the human rights situation in Tanzania, including for the freedom of the press,” State Secretary Marianne Hagen (H) tells Bistandsaktuelt.
Partner country since the sixties
Tanzania became a main Norwegian partner country in the 1960s and has since received close to NOK 19 billion in aid from Norway, according to an overview from Norad.
In 2018, the assistance amounted to almost NOK 400 million, and more than 40 per cent of this went through the country’s authorities.
Last week, one of the country’s leading journalists, Erick Kabendera, was arrested, charged with organized crime, money laundering and tax evasion. He works for the British Guardian and Economist, among others.
“On Thursday, another critical research journalist was arrested, and the Norwegian Foreign Ministry is following this development with concern,” Hagen informs.
“Human rights are on the agenda in the regular political consultations between Norway and Tanzania, taken up in political meetings and followed up by the embassy in Dar es Salaam,” she continues.
“We will also scale up support for independent human rights organizations. This is important for promoting democracy and human rights,” Hagen concludes.
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