2018: Tanzania registers slight gain in ‘Human Rights’ index

06Dec 2018
Polycarp Machira
DODOMA
The Guardian
2018: Tanzania registers slight gain in ‘Human Rights’ index

TANZANIA has registered a slight gain in Human Rights index, scoring 58.5 per cent, and ranking 14th out of 54 countries in the continent in 2018, up from 57.5, and 17th ranking in 2017.

Minister of State in the President's Office for Good Governance, George Mkuchika

The revelation was made yesterday by the Minister of State in the President's Office for Good Governance, George Mkuchika while opening a week-long celebrations to mark World Human Right Day whose climax is on 10th December.

 

Human Rights Day is observed on 10th December, which is the anniversary of the day the United General Assembly adopted in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This year it will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, nationally the event will be held in Dodoma.

 Mkuchika said several international organisations conduct annual studies to reveal levels of good governance in different countries, the benchmark being fight against corruption, human rights, ease of doing businesses, transparency and accountability, noting that Tanzania had shown improvement in all levels.

"When we say the fifth phase government has recorded several successes some people think it is just mere rhetoric but the international organisations have acknowledged what the government is doing,” said the minister.

However, the minister noted that despite the successes, there are several challenges that if resolved, the country should be in a position to top in the continental rankings on human rights affairs.

Mkuchika noted that in efforts to improve issues of good governance, national leaders always fill in declaration forms, noting that the deadline for the exercise this year is 10th December, 2018.

Speaking at the same event, Commissioner of the Ethics Secretariat, Retired Judge Harold Nsekela noted that the human rights day, celebrated every year is used to provide public education on matters of good governance.

 

He said, “development of our nation depends on the decision to uphold ethics and human rights and the national celebrations give opportunity to discuss matters of human rights, accountability, good governance and war against corruption.”