• Indigenous peoples in Tanzania

    Indigenous peoples in Tanzania

    Tanzania does not recognise the existence of indigenous peoples, even though Tanzania is home to 125-130 different ethnic groups.
  • Peoples

    125-130 ethnic groups, falling mainly into the four categories of Bantu, Cushite, Nilo-Hamite and San, live in Tanzania.
  • Current state

    2015: New government in Tanzania elected. A few months after indigenous peoples found themselves the victims of government actions.
    2016-17: Evictions of indigenous peoples in Kilosa, Mvomero and Morogoro Vijijini districts.
  • Rights

    There is no specific national policy or legislation on indigenous peoples.
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Tanzania: Harassment of civil society organizations in Loliondo

The situation of the Masai population in Loliondo in Northern Tanzania continues to be very serious. Recently a large number of Maasai women have been demonstrating to show that they are very unhappy with the ongoing serious situation and the fact that their concerns are not being addressed.

The authorities reacted very strongly to the peaceful demonstrations and tried to prevent them from taking place. Local NGOs were accused of being behind the demonstrations and several NGO people were arrested including staff of NGONET and Oxfam. The plight of the Maasai in Loliondo remains a serious cause of concern and the following articles and press releases provide more details on the situation.

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