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The pastoralists and hunter-gatherer indigenous peoples in Tanzania continue lobbying their recognition as such and protection of their land rights. This article discusses the extent to which the indigenous peoples are legally recognized and the state of their security of land tenure. With the hindsight of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007 and the 2003 Report of the African Commission Working Group of Experts on Indigenous Population, this article probes the emerging indigenous land rights within the broader understating of the minority rights in the Draft Constitution of Tanzania 2014 as well as the Draft Policy Framework on Indigenous Persons 2011 of the Tanzania Social Action Fund. It is submitted that the provision on rights of minorities in the Draft Constitution is a commendable milestone upon which further actions may be pursued towards a specific recognition and the protection of indigenous land rights.


Originally published as Halberstam, Daniel. "Commentary on The Emerging Constitutional Indigenous Peoples Land Rights in Tanzania." Journal of Law, Property, and Society 2 (2016): 223-227.