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Extractives

Regional Situation

The exploitation of natural resources has become a significant source of revenue for governments in the East and Horn of Africa as well as a powerful tool for their continued development. However, the combination of new or rapidly growing industries the sudden influx of large capital, non-compliance with industrial standards or national legislation, and weak monitoring mechanisms has at time created the need for strong civil society engagement to ensure that peoples’ rights are respected. Human rights defenders working on extractives attempting to raise human rights concerns with both governments and powerful international corporations are confronted with threats and attacks by both State and non-State actors. Many of these defenders work in remote areas, where the lack of strong support mechanisms places them at increased risk.

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Uganda: DefendDefenders condemns latest office break-in at Twerwaneho Listener’s Club

DefendDefenders strongly condemns a break-in that occurred at the Fort Portal offices of the Twerwaneho Listener’s Club (TLC), a non-governmental organisation working in the Crater Lakes region of Western Uganda, and calls for a thorough and transparent investigation into the latest in a series of...

12 September 2018
Only the Brave Talk About Oil: Human rights defenders and the resource extraction industries in Uganda and Tanzania

DefendDefenders examines the situation of human rights defenders engaging Uganda and Tanzania's rapidly growing resource extraction industries.

3 December 2012

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Only the Brave Talk About Oil: Human rights defenders and the resource extraction industries in Uganda and Tanzania

DefendDefenders examines the situation of human rights defenders engaging Uganda and Tanzania's rapidly growing resource extraction industries.

3 December 2012