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Tanzania’s Human rights activist barred from Meeting in Canada

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    Tanzania'sHuman rights Activist and mineral resource advocate Amani Mustapha Mhinda was yesterday amongst global human rights activists barred from speaking outagainst injustices in the minerals sector at a high-level meeting in Canada.

    Renown for his un-relentless campaigns against human rights abuses and violations within the mining sector in Tanzania, Mr. Amani who heads
    HAKIMADINI, a pro-activerights-based organization in Arusha is in Toronto Canada to protest against violations of poor communities living around mining sectors by multi-billion mining investors.

    His on-going protests have taken him to the on-going Shareholders convention by international mining giant Barrick Gold whose mining interests transverse Africa and South America.

    Dorning HAKIMADINI's mission to strengthen the capacity of artisinal/small scale miners and the local community to engage and benefit from Tanzania's mineral wealth and to defend their basic human rights within this process, Mr. Amani was determined to affirm this in the BarrickGold meeting. He was however barred from entering the premises of the convention hosted byBarrick Gold. Mr.Amani was quoted by Canadian newspaper

    The Canadian National Newspaper affirming the legitimacyof his protest by sighting a tragedy back in Tanzania as a result of destructive mining practices.
    "Aspart of civil society movement in Tanzania and citizens of Tanzania we wouldlike an end to atrocities and human rights abuses which has come to beassociated with Canadian mining investments . "I am here to represent Ms.Otaigo, who died in April because she drank poisonous water next to Barrick'sNorth Mara Mines," Mr. Amani is reported to have said.

    He further condemned the move by Barick Gold to deny him entry into the meeting as a "clear cover-up for the human rights abuses the company and many otherinvestors responsible for to the destruction of the local communities".

    Despite being barred from the meeting, Amani and other advocates were able to tell their stories to a crowd of people outside the meeting who had gathered for the Barick Gold AGM protest.