Vice chairperson of the Commission of Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) Mohamed Hamad stated yesterday in Dar es Salaam during a capacity building seminar that the declaration adopted in 2018 in Marrakech comes at a time when the rights of human right defenders are highly violated worldwide due to insufficient understanding of the declaration.
“Having the declaration is not enough but the most important thing is to disseminate and make people aware of the declaration” he emphasized adding that a joint efforts from different stakeholders will make the implementation of the declaration possible
Hamad underscored that this will also help the government to understand their role and what needs to be done legally and in terms of policies will be considered and by so doing implementing the provision of the declaration.
“This will help them to identify who a human right defender and their role is therefore eroding the notion that exist about rights defenders and as a result promote the world fear of human rights” he intoned
CHRAGG Vice Chairperson highlighted that this will also impact the citizens positively because what people need is to get their rights and human rights cannot be achieved without empowering people.
“People have inherent rights but we put in the documents so that it can be enforced and protected but they cannot be enjoyed without recognizing them” he mentioned adding that through human rights defenders people will get the awareness and understand their rights making it easier for them to be enforced.
On his part, the Network of Africa National Human Rights Institution (NOANHRI) executive Director Gilbert Sebihogo said they have realized that there is a need to understand who are human rights defenders and the importance of protecting human rights defenders.
“We hope that at the end of the training participants will acquire knowledge about human rights defenders and will be able to assist the government in protecting the rights of human rights defenders and that of Tanzanian citizens at large” he said
Sebihogo also called on state institutions to understand that protecting the rights of citizens is their responsibility and should also be aware that they need to partner with other actors like civil society organizations who represent citizens so that the rights of citizens could be better promoted and protected.
The National Coordinator of the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) Onesmo Olengurumwa stressed that human rights defenders are just there to complement the role of the government because the primary role of defending human rights has been invested in the government according to the constitution of Tanzania.
“We want the government to understand that we are partners in the field of human rights such as providing legal aid, fighting against GBV and in other human rights areas” he said while mentioning that human rights defenders are there from civil society but it is supposed to be the role of the government.