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 round, bright yellow button features a drawing of the face of a Black miner wearing a helmet with a light. Around this image is the nuclear symbol, in grey. Most of the text is in red. The Campaign Against Namibian Uranium Contracts (CANUC) was initiated by the Namibian Support Committee, the Anti-Apartheid Movement, and the Haslemere Group in 1977. Trade unions also supported the campaign. The British government had signed a contract with Rio Tinto Zinc in 1970 to import Namibian uranium. The British government refused to recognize Decree No. 1 when it was adopted by the United Nations Council for Namibia in September 1974 to protect Namibia’s natural resources.  Despite pre-election promises, the Labour government that took power in 1974 continued to permit the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) to import Namibian uranium. In 1984, the British government decided not to renew the contract.
Used by permission of the Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives Committee.
Collection: Private collection of Richard Knight