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NetTalk "ILO Convention 169 - Indigenous Rights in Tanzania"

ILO 169

December 19th, 2023

Recording of the Nettalk on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKyfLMfZHLM&t=2s

The Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention of the International Labour Organization (ILO 169) is a binding international treaty that guarantees comprehensive protection. Although it came into force in 1991, it took 30 years for Germany to ratify the convention in 2021. Tanzania has not yet accepted the agreement. 
Communities such as the Maasai or the Hadzabe, of whom many  live together as semi-nomads or gatherers and hunters, are facing an acute threat to their way of life. Over the last two years thousands of Maasai have been displaced from Loliondo and Ngorongoro District for developing the land for luxury tourism and trophy hunting. 
In this NetTalk we got an introduction on the ILO Convention 169 and talked about the Tanzanian government's position on the convention and why it has not yet ratified it. We discussed the status and situation of the Maasai people and other indigenous groups in Tanzania and the compliance with or violation of their social, cultural and economic rights. What possibilities do they have to enforce their rights in court? 

The NetTalk was held in English.

Our guests

  • Senais J. Nyambo (Researcher and Heritage Expert)
  • Christoph Hahn (advisor at the Society for Threatened Peoples)
  • Martin Oelz (International Labour Organization)

Moderation: Dorcas Parsalaw