The LHRC on May 27th, 2015, launched the Tanzania Human Rights Report 2014. The detailed document has already been uploaded here at the website for your perusal.
LHRC points a finger on foul campaigns
The Legal and Human Rights Center (LHRC) has strongly condemned use of the offensive words and railings in the campaign towards the general elections expected to be held on October 25, 2015. Reading from a statement in front of the media today at the headquarters of the center, Executive Director for the LHRC Dr. Helen Kijo-Bisimba said "we condemn and denounce the offensive statements and verbal language or irony in the campaign, including a statement issued by the former President Hon. Benjamin Mkapa, calling politicians who want the liberation of the nation as " foolish and unthinkable ".
At the same time the LHRC has called on the Electoral Commission (NEC) to fix defects arising during the process of validating the registered voters through Biometric Voters Registration (BVR). The LHRC through the Tanzania Civil Society Consortium on Election Observation (TACCEO) mentions these defects; lack of correct information on the whole process of verification of names for registered voters, lack of names for some of the voters on permanent registration book, the appearance of voters names in different registration centers to those registered, centers missing BVR Kits to be used to fix the errors encountered during the enrollment, verification stations to be away from the residents and unrealistic schedule on Verification process.
Also the LHRC has condemned other improper actions during the campaign, including: people shouting at colleagues from different parties, Police intervention in campaigns of candidates for an excuse to cause disruption and endanger peace, Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority restrict the use of helicopters during the campaign and Municipals barring some of the parties from using public squares.
The LHRC call for responsible authorities including the police force, the Government Institutions and the National Electoral Commission to favor neither a certain party nor a candidate, instead to be neutral in fulfilling its obligations and ensure all parties and candidates receive equal rights and opportunities.
Lastly theLHRC have asked Tanzanians to be calm and to follow up and discuss the points of candidates without emotions so they can vote to choose competent leaders for betterment of nation.
Right to Life still under siege
The Right to life in the country has continued to be under siege claiming lives of thousands due to road carnage, killings due to witchcraft beliefs and mob violence among others. Furthermore, invasion of police posts and killings of its officers as well as persons with albinism have been mentioned as some of the things which are taking toll by the day. The horrifying revelation was made by the LHRC in Dar es Salaam on July 23, 2015 during the launch of the Bi- Annual Tanzania Human Report 2015.The report unveils the human rights situation for the past six months while at the same time coming up with recommendations one being for the government to strengthen the police posts to ensure their safety, effect reforms in the justice systems of the country to regain public trust as well as to tackle corrupt conducts surrounding transport sector and improve infrastructure to curb road carnage. The press release on its content can be found under www.humanrights.or.tz. under news and events then under press release.
NEC told to move cautiously on BVR
The Tanzania Consortium on Election Observation on July 21, 2015 issued a press conference calling upon the National Electoral Commission to rectify shortfalls found during the ongoing Biometric Voters’ Registration exercise conducted in the country. In its statement, TACCEO called upon NEC to create inclusive and conducive environment accessible for persons with disabilities while at the same time shunning away from using worshiping houses and health centers to register voters. The LHRC coordinates TACCEO, a coalition of 16 CSOs in the country. The duos have been monitoring elections inside and outside the country ever since 2009.
LHRC launches its Constitution Data Base
The LHRC on July 15, 2015 launched its Constitutional Data base at a colorful ceremony in Dar es Salaam. The data base, one of the kinds is a unique resource centre where one can view Constitutions of all nations in the world. Judge Thomas Mihayo graced the event with a call for would be leaders to take heed of the Constitutional making Process. Apart from the Data Base, the office has an information center fully equipped with a variety of publications on Constitution matters. The database has got information in audio format for persons who are visually impaired and not to mention of newspapers and journals for the constitutional process in the country dating as far as 1920.
August 3rd,- 5th, 2015- LHRC to conduct its Paralegal symposium.
- Anti Death Penalty Petition filed by the LHRC in collaboration with the TLS and the SAHRINGON Tanzania Chapter is under ruling on notice. The case has been lagging at the High Court ever since October 10, 2008. The three organizations challenge the Constitutionality of the capital punishment while calling upon the government to replace it with life imprisonment.
- October 10, 2015- World Day Against the Death Penalty.
- December 12- International Human Rights Day.
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