LHRC Executive Director, Anna Henga made the revelation in Dar es Salaam when briefing journalists on the planned launch of ‘Haki Marathon’, an event aimed at raising awareness among Tanzanians on the importance of ensuring human rights as well as protecting women and children against violence.
The 2020 human rights report indicates that there were 36,940 incidents of violence that were reported at police stations in between 2015 and 2019 which is equivalent to 7,388 incidents that happened last year, she said.
“We have decided to introduce the special marathon that will attract over 1,000 people from within and outside the country. The event will be conducted virtually from October 17th to December 2020,” said Henga adding the marathon is part of celebrations to mark the Human Rights Day which is observed by the international community every year on 10 December.
Henga said decisions to organise the online event follows the outbreak of COVID-19 whereas countries are now implementing measures to control its spread which includes social distancing, wearing face masks and washing hands with soap and running water or using alcohol based hand sanitizers.
She said those interested should register and pay for the marathon. She said registered participants from each of the countries will select their preferred dates to participate in the marathon.
He said the centre will later on provide information on where participants can collect their medals.
“Haki Marathon will have three different types of running distances ranging from 5 to 21 kilometres,” said Henga noting the event is expected to sensitize Tanzanians on human rights issues and broader their understanding on human rights.