‘Poverty is a violation of human rights’

15Feb 2020
Crispin Gerald
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
‘Poverty is a violation of human rights’

Poverty is an assault on human dignity, but it can also reflect a violation of human rights when it is the direct consequence of government policy or is caused by the failure of governments to act. A human rights approach to poverty calls for a paradigm shift in how we understand and address povert.

Wilfred Warioba, chairman of Haki Maendeleo organisation told The Guardian on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam on sidelines of the meeting to launch the organisation and its board of directors

Poor understanding on human rights and basic laws among civilians has been cited as one of the major reasons that contribute to the violation of human rights in the country.

According to him, there is a gap in providing awareness to public to understand about their rights including self-engagement in the development activities in order to contribute to national economy.

“The public also is not well informed about the importance of engaging in election and voting which in turn gives them the right leader who will influence changes in their locality…There is a need for policy makers and leaders to promote citizen engagement in various matters of national development,” he insisted.

Warioba added that the organization is therefore devoted to increase advocacy to authorities but also to conduct capacity building which will impart the knowledge of basic law to the public.

For his part, board chairman for the organisation Dr Abdallah Mrindoko said human rights availability is what determine the state of national economy, basing on the fact that when people obtains their health rights, education, land possession and political awareness they will be able to work and influence positive changes in their community.

He said the organization is therefore focusing on promoting capacity building to people to have the understanding of their rights and responsibilities in the country in order to help the government in fostering economy.

“We aim to make the public know that they have rights on the resources available in their country, and to influence the policy makers and development stakeholders to make proper planning for equal distribution of the available resources to public,” he insisted.

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