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EU recalls Tanzania ambassador amid LGBT crackdown

The European Union has recalled the head of its delegation to Tanzania because of what it calls a "deterioration of the human rights and rule of law"

Feb 11

20:55
2019

The European Union has recalled the head of its delegation to Tanzania because of what it calls a "deterioration of the human rights and rule of law" in the east African nation.

The EU -- a major donor to Tanzania that has pledged more than $700 million in support between 2014 and 2020 -- said in a statement that it would be conducting a broader review of its relations with the country.

The move to withdraw its ambassador, Roeland van de Geer, comes after severe international criticism over a crackdown on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Tanzanians. According to activists speaking to CNN, the crackdown has forced many gay citizens into hiding or to flee the country.