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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Human rights awareness low in the country, says official

4th February 2013

Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance received 25,753 complaints on violation of human rights between 2001 and 2012.

The Commission’s Investigation Officer Juliana Laurent said this over the weekend during a journalists’ workshop on human rights.   

He said 24,488 of the complaints involved violation of good governance principles, while 1,265 were human rights violations.

The official said so far the commission has dealt with 63 per cent of the complaints and that some of them proved to be false and were nullified.

He also asked the public to understand their rights and good governance, saying they have started to educate people across the country. They have also developed a system to reach primary and secondary school students.

For his part Emanuel Barigila an Investigation Officer said many people still do not understand issues of human rights and thus require more education.

Meanwhile Mbaraka Kambona from the commission asked the journalists to avoid writing stories the inspire violation of rights and instead educate people on their rights.



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