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Cablegate: "Defamation of Religions": Individual Rights

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DE RUEHDR #0834 3371255
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 031255Z DEC 09
FM AMEMBASSY DAR ES SALAAM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9103
INFO RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 0521
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK

UNCLAS DAR ES SALAAM 000834

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR AF/E JTREADWELL; DRL/IRF JMORALES, NBADAT;
IO/HR AOSTERMEIER, CNEVILLE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL UNGA TZ
SUBJECT: "DEFAMATION OF RELIGIONS": INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
IMPORTANT IN SECULAR TANZANIA

REF: A. SECSTATE 122637
B. DAR ES SALAAM 735

(SBU) PolOff delivered ref a demarche as well as a copy of
the non-paper on "Defamation of Religions" to MFA Foreign
Affairs Officer John Kambona on December 3. Although Kambona
did not comment on Tanzania's voting intentions, he noted
that Tanzania is a secular state and reiterated the GOT's
interest in protecting individual rights (ref b). We expect
Tanzania will continue to abstain when the resolution comes
to a vote.
LENHARDT

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