Statement of Concern about Freedom of Expression and Inclusive Political Participation

The Embassy of the United States of America expresses concern over recent actions by the Government of Tanzania to stifle democratic norms, including the arrest of political opposition figures during a closed party meeting and the revocation of the media license of an opposition party newspaper.  These actions follow a disconcerting pattern of intimidation toward opposition members, civil society, and media outlets. The Rights to Peaceful Assembly and Freedom of Expression are enshrined in the Tanzanian Constitution, and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The U.S. Embassy proudly supports freedom of expression and inclusive political participation in all formats.