Oral Statement to the Trusteeship Council on Prohibition of Entrance to the Trust Territory of Tanganyika
by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
February 5, 1959
American Committee on Africa
George Houser’s statement says that he learned during the summer of 1957 that he apparently is a "Prohibited Immigrant" in all of the British territories of East and Central Africa, but not elsewhere in Africa (including Tunisia, French West Africa, Liberia, Ghana, Togoland, Nigeria, Cameroons; French Equatorial Africa, Belgian Congo, Angola, and the Union of South Africa). He was turned back from Northern Rhodesia in Ndola, and he had difficulty with immigration officers of the Uganda government, who told him they had made a mistake allowing him in the country and that he would have to leave Uganda at the earliest opportunity. Houser wrote to the Governor of Tanganyika asking for the reason for his "prohibited immigrant" status. Houser says the American Committee on Africa (ACOA), within the American tradition, is sympathetic to the desire of the African people for independence and opposes racial injustices and inequalities at home and abroad. ACOA’s National Committee includes a distinguished group of Americans that includes 18 members of Congress. The statement says the United Nations Trusteeship system is intended to promote the "progressive development towards self-government or independence" of the people in Tanganyika. Because Tanganyika is a Trust Territory, Houser argues that the Trusteeship Council has a responsibility to look into the reason for his "prohibited immigrant" status. He says reasons for excluding a person from a Trust Territory should stem from an understanding of the United Nations Charter and not from the whim of a colonial official alone. The statement mentions the Principal Immigration Officer, Dar-es-Salaam, the Immigration (Control) Ordinance of 1947, the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU), and Great Britain.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections