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Tanzania Human Rights Report 2017

  • Tanzania Human Rights Report 2017

TANZANIA HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT 2017


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TANZANIA HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT 2017

“Unknown Assailants: A Threat to Human Rights”

Brief History of the Tanzania Human Rights Report

Tanzania Human Rights Report was first produced by the LHRC in 2002 documenting analysis of the human rights situation in Tanzania with emphasis on mainland Tanzania. The idea to compile and publish the report came as a result of media reports and fact-finding missions which revealed human rights violations in different places in the country. LHRC was concerned about the prevalence of rights violations going undocumented and made available to the public. Being an advocacy organization LHRC thought of producing a report that will be used to inform advocacy campaigns in Tanzania.

Initially, LHRC started to document human rights violations as reported through media particularly newspapers. The first Tanzania Human Rights Report was a 48 pages report in five chapters covering some few areas of human rights including civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights and rights of special groups.

In 2006, LHRC stretched its wings to include more on Zanzibar in the report joining efforts with Zanzibar Legal Services Centre to produce the first report covering Zanzibar and Mainland Tanzania on Human Rights. From there on, LHRC and ZLSC have been consistently producing the report in a defined structure. Part one covering the human rights situation in Tanzania mainland and part two depicting the human rights situation in Tanzania Zanzibar.

Eventually, the report has evolved from a summary of human rights incidences reported in media to become the number one reference tool for the human rights situation in Tanzania. The is now a useful advocacy tool to both international and national stakeholders including international human rights organizations, development partners, embassies, academic institutions, media, and even individual researchers. 

In Tanzania, a report is used in higher-level education institutions, particularly in universities for human rights education. Civil Society Organizations, media, policy makers, politicians, researchers and individuals have been making use of the report for reference, policy making, advocacy and awareness.

Since 2013,  there have been improvements in data collection, data analysis and presentation processes to respond to increased numbers of information sources. To maintain the credibility of the report, LHRC and ZLSC have been working closely with both state and non-state actors in Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar to obtain authentic findings and researches. 

Similarly, primary information from people/general public and reports from media as well as reports from paralegals and human rights monitors nourish the report.

The advanced and current version of the report covers almost all areas of human rights. The latest available version of the report is a 2017 report. 
Chapter One of the Report provides background information on Tanzania (both Mainland and Zanzibar). Chapter Two covers the situation of key civil rights, namely: the right to life; freedom of expression; rights to equality before the law and effective remedy; the right to liberty and personal security; and freedom from torture. Chapter Three is about the situation of political rights, particularly freedom of assembly and freedom of association. Chapter Four covers economic rights such as right to property and right to adequate standard of living. Chapter Five examines the situation of social and cultural rights, especially the quality and accessibility around rights to education, water and health. Chapter Six looks at collective rights, particularly right to development and right to benefit from natural resources, while Chapter Seven is on the rights of vulnerable groups, which are women, children, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), and the elderly. Chapter Eight is on Corruption, Good Governance and Human Rights. Chapter Nine looks at human rights mechanisms, at domestic, regional and international levels, while Chapter 10 is on other issues of human rights concern in 2017.

Major Human Rights Violations in 2017

Human rights violations in Tanzania increased in the year 2017, compared to the year 2016. Most violations were of civil and political rights, especially right to life, freedom from violence, right to liberty and personal security, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and freedom of association. Restrictions on these human rights also negatively affected the right to participate in governance, particularly the right to participate in political life.

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