FREE NAMIBIA BRITAIN'S NUCLEAR COLONY

FREE NAMIBIA BRITAIN'S NUCLEAR COLONY

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by Campaign Against Namibian Uranium Contracts
United Kingdom
1977 or later
Type: Button
Coverage in Africa: Namibia
Coverage outside Africa: United Kingdom
Language: English
The Campaign Against Namibian Uranium Contracts (CANUC) was initiated by the Namibian Support Committee, the Anti-Apartheid Movement and the Haslemere Group in 1977 to lobby for an end to British involvement in the exploitation of Namibian mineral resources. Through a contract with Rio Tinto Zinc, signed in 1970, Britain began to receive supplies of Namibian uranium. In September 1974 the United Nations Council for Namibia adopted Decree Number 1 For the Protection of Namibia's National Resources for purpose of securing for the people of Namibia adequate protection of the natural resources of the territory which prohibited the export of minerals from Namibia with permission from the Council, effectively banning their removal from Namibia. The British government refused to recognize Decree No. 1. The Labour government that took power in 1974 continued, despite pre-election promises, continued to permit the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) to import Namibian uranium. Trade unions also supported the campaign. In 1984 the British government decided not to renew the contract with the Rossing mine for the supply of uranium to the UKAEA.
Used by permission of the Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives Committee.
Collection: Private collection of Richard Knight