House of Lords written question – answered at on 19 January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote the release of the CHADEMA leaders in Tanzania.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

CHADEMA leaders Freeman Mbowe, Dr Wilbroad Slaa and other senior leaders were released under caution a few hours after their arrest on 5 January, pending a court case later this month.

Our high commissioner has spoken to the Government of Tanzania at the highest level to express concern at the handling of the protests and to stress the need for a peaceful resolution of differences through dialogue. She and her team have also spoken to opposition leaders.

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