Almost 41 million people speak about 128 different languages. Until now no uranium deposit was built, but the first is planned.

As is so often the case, money is one of the main reasons, because there will be 1600 new jobs through the mine and 5 million US Dollars revenue yearly. The grave environmental and health issues connected to opening a mine next to one of the most important natural reserves in the world are also being ignored here.


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Tanzania: Opposition MP Tundu Lissu wounded by gunmen / Tansania: Spitzenpolitiker und Regierungskritiker Tundu Lissu niedergeschossen

image: events-swiss-ippnw.orgTanzanian opposition lawmaker Tundu Lissu, a fierce critic of President John Magufuli’s government, was seriously wounded in a gun attack on Thursday, police and party officials said. Human rights groups condemned the shooting as a "cowardly attack".

Tundu was active in Human Rights issues and critical of the extractive industries based on his experiences; in the 1990ies, he had confronted Barrick Gold about the forcible removal of artisanal gold miners which obviously had led to the death of 50 miners.

Tundu was invited for the conference "Human Rights, Future Generations and Crimes of the Nuclear Age" in Basel, 14. - 17. Sept 2017. He wanted to report about uranium mining in a nature reserve in Selous.

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Tansania: Spitzenpolitiker und Regierungskritiker Tundu Lissu niedergeschossen

Der Oppositions-Abgeordnete und Anwalt Tundu Lissu (Oppositionspartei CHADEMA) ist in Dodoma, der Hauptstadt Tanzanias auf dem Weg vom Parlament zu seinem Haus mehrfach angeschossen worden.

Tundu Lissu ist in Tansania der wohl schärfste Kritiker von Korruption, Vetternwirtschaft und Umweltverbrechen. So unerschrocken er die Machenschaften der früheren Regierung von Jakaya Kikwete thematisierte, so scharfzüngig geisselte er die teils autoritären Züge des ansonsten als neuer Nelson Mandela gefeierten Nachfolgers, Präsident John Magufuli.

Tundu Lissu kritisierte insbesondere die internationalen Rohstoffkonzerne, welche sich auf Kosten des Landes bereicherten. Tundu war für die Konferenz "Human Rights, Future Generations and Crimes of the Nuclear Age" in Basel, 14. - 17. Sept 2017 geladen. Dort hätte der Umweltanwalt u.a. über die drohende Uranmine im Wildschutzgebiet und Weltnaturerbe Selous reden sollen.

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Rosatom will freeze uranium project in Tanzania for at least three years

"Rosatom State Corporation, which planned to start mining uranium at the Mkuju River mine in southern Tanzania in 2018, decided to postpone the development of the project until the demand for uranium is restored, which is expected not earlier than 2020"

(Traslated from Russian via google tranlsate)

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A chairperson from uranium-network.org and a representative from LHRC

A chairperson from uranium-network.org and a representative from LHRC - Legal and Human Rights Center, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, speak out about the impacts of planned Mkuju River Uranium Project on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of World Heritage Site Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. The uranium mining project, operated by local company Mantra, owned by Russian state nuclear company ROSATOM, is heavily disputed by Tanzanian and international NGOs due to its potentially detrimental impacts on Selous Game Reserve. WWF lately handed the result of an international signature collecting campaign to Tanzanian Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Prof. Jumanne Maghembe: 238.542 persons asking to "Save Selous" from industrial developments such as uranium mining and building of huge dams. German Ambassador Egon Kochanke asked the Tanzania Government to " ... reconsider implementation of several projects within the SGR such as hydroelectric power production at the Stiegler’s Gorge, Uranium extraction at Mkuju and the Kidunda Dam water production as they will negatively impact the SGR ecosystem".

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Ein Stop für (Uran-)Bergbau im Selous Game Reserve?

Artenschutz in Afrika - Hilferuf der Wildnis

Es ist eines der größten Naturreservate der Welt: das Selous in Tansania. Jetzt drohen Wilderei, Uranminen und ein Staudamm, die Region für immer zu zerstören. Wie können die Tiere und der Busch überleben?"

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Malawi set up 8 Tanzanian Environmentalists and detains them arbitarily since more than 2 months

The court proceedings in the case of Malawi against 8 Tanzanian environmental defenders have shown without doubt that the 8 persons detained had been lured into a trap set up by Malawi authorities, they were then arrested under the pretense of "trespassing"; 5 Malawian accompanyiing them, arrested at the very same spot, were set free again immediately.

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Malawi lockt 8 tanzanische Umweltschützer in eine Falle und hält sie seitdem willkürlich in Haft

Der Gerichtsprozess im Fall gegen acht tanzanische Umwelt-Aktive hat eindeutig offenbart, daß die 8 in eine von malawischen Behörden geplante Falle gelockt worden waren, infolgedessen sie wegen "unerlaubten Betretens" verhaftet worden waren; die an selber Stelle verhafteten Malawier wurden umgehend freigelassen. 


REPORT on the continuation of court case against 8 Tanzanians detained in Malawi, on 13. and 14. February 2017


As we had suspected earlier, the 2 days of continuation of the court proceedings on 13 and 14 February 2017 in Karonga, Malawi, revealed the complete 'framing' of the Tanzanian group of 8 environmentalists and farmers visiting Malawi in December 2016 to learn more about uranium mining and its impacts. 

Definitely, steps had been taken to set up and lure them into a trap in order to then accuse them of "trespassing".

Please find attached the report of the defense attorneys' team.

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Tanzania civil society organisations call for protection of Selous GAme Reserve, oppose uranium mine


"Tanzanian civil society organisations (CSOs) working in the areas of human rights, natural resources accountability and wildlife conservation, call on the World Heritage Committee to stand in solidarity with CSOs by acting on protection of the World Heritage Site.

The nine NGOs state that " ... prospecting mining companies also substantially contribute to the ongoing endangering of wild animal populations by, amongst other things, building extensive access routes. ...  the population of elephants [in World Heritage site Selous Game Reserve] has decreased from more than 70.000 (2006) to about 13.000 due to poaching, the population of the rare black rhino has diminished by 97%."


The NGOs, including WWF Tanzania, "Specifically, [...] ask that the Committee urge the Tanzanian State Party to cancel all existing mining concessions within or overlapping Selous, and to call for the re-integration of the excluded mining area into property."



WHC declares Selous Game Reserve endangered World Heritage site

On its June 2014 session, the World Heritage Committee ("WHC") put the Selous Game Reserve on the list of endangered World Heritage sites. We had reported repeatedly about the conflict uranium exploration and plans for uranium mining as well as other exploration activities in the area have caused.