Tanzania parliament suspended as another lawmaker dies.

The speaker of the National Assembly Job Ndugai yesterday suspended parliamentary sessions following the death of Sumve MP Richard Ndassa in Dodoma. Ndassa is the second legislator to have died in the past 10 days in Tanzania. Ndassa who was aged 61, died in the early hours after a short illness, Speaker Ndugai confirmed but […]

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Tanzania parliament suspended as another lawmaker dies.

The speaker of the National Assembly Job Ndugai yesterday suspended parliamentary sessions following the death of Sumve MP Richard Ndassa in Dodoma. Ndassa is the second legislator to have died in the past 10 days in Tanzania. Ndassa who was aged 61, died in the early hours after a short illness, Speaker Ndugai confirmed but […]

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DISSIDENTS AND CRITICS BEAR HEAVY BRUNT OF INCREASING RESTRICTIONS ON EXPRESSION

Tanzania continues to suffer a dramatic decline in press freedom under President John Magufuli, as basic freedoms are restricted through repressive laws and presidential decrees. At least three newspapers were banned in 2019 for alleged criticism of the President, while violation of LGBTIQ rights continues. In June 2016, President Magufuli announced a ban on political […]

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Tanzania seeks withdrawal of protocol at African Court

Through a notice signed by Tanzania’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Prof. Palamagamba Kabudi on 14th November 2019, the Tanzanian government has allegedly sought to withdraw the right of individuals and NGOs to directly file cases against it at the Arusha-based African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

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Compendium of Laws and Policies: Legal and Policy Issues Affecting Civil Society Organizations in Tanzania

PREFACE The Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) presents the second volume of the compendium. This volume focuses on the legal and practical issues of concern facing the Civil Society Sector (CSS) in Tanzania, particularly the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), which are more directly on the ground pursuing human rights advocacy interventions. The first volume […]

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Tanzania: Rights groups seek justice for freelance journalist Kabendera

Dar es Salaam. Rights groups said on Sunday, August 11, 2019, that they would not relent in their quest for justice on the arrest of freelance journalist Erick Kebendera. The Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF), Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) and Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) said the arrest of the journalist – who was […]

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Tanzania’s ‘worrying decline of media freedom

ARTICLE 19 has called for the immediate release of investigative journalist Eric Kabendera, who was forcibly taken from his home in Mbweni on 29 July. His treatment raises serious concerns about the safety of journalists in Tanzania. Kabendera’s wife told The Citizen newspaper that  her husband was taken by people claiming to be police officers, who forced […]

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Tanzanian Police Detain Investigative Journalist

Police in Tanzania detained on Monday evening investigative journalist Erick Kabendera and have not allowed him to contact his lawyer, Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition reported on Tuesday. Kabendera, who has worked for local and international media, was abducted from his home by six people who emerged from a silver van and wore no uniforms, […]

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Tanzanian journalist faces trumped-up charges after abduction and detention

On July 29, six plainclothes policemen forcefully removed journalist Erick Kabendera from his home in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and took him into police custody. Police say Kabendera had failed to obey a summons to investigate the status of his Tanzanian citizenship. Over the last week, police searched Kabendera’s home twice, confiscated his passport and […]

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