UN pledges support for country  to build Human Rights College

15May 2019
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
 UN pledges support for country  to build Human Rights College

THE United Nations (UN) has pledged support and help Tanzania to build Human Rights College in the country, minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs, Dr Augustine Mahiga said yesterday.

minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs, Dr Augustine Mahiga.

He  told the House that this will help the government achieve its ambitious plan to have all Tanzanians learn about human rights, noting that plans are under way to have it incorporated in the learning syllabus at all levels of education.

Dr Mahiga said once the new strategies are adopted, all the security officers will also be required to undergo studies too. “ The government will continue coming up with different ways to reach as many people as possible in then plan to create more awareness on human rights” said the minister.

He was responding to a supplementary question by the Special Seats MP, Immaculate Semisi (CHADEMA) who had wanted to know what the government was doing to ensure all people including law enforcers get education on human rights and nationalism.

In the basic question, the lawmaker argued that while section 13(1) of the constitution sates that all people are equal before the law and have equal rights without any form of discrimination, have the rights of protection, among others, there are many cases that show violation of human rights by those in authority

“How many cases of human rights violation were recorded between 2010 and 2015 and how long did it take to give the ruling?” she asked.S he also wanted to know how much the cases cost throughout that period of time

In his response, Mahiga said between 2010 and 2015, the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance did not file any case in court on human rights violation by the law enforcers.

He said the commission received and conducted investigations in normal cases but none was filed in court, adding that there was no cost involved as well.

The minister however explained that between 2010 and 2015, the commission through different approached engaged the public and security forces on public education on human rights.

 This he said was through 115 radio and television programmes, public meetings in 21 regions in both Tanzania mainland and the Isles, distribution of 48,638 leaflets and 18,300 copies of the national working plan on human rights and good governance.

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