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Title:An overview of the national human rights institution: a Tanzanian perspective
Author:Mbunda, Luitfried X.
Periodical:Journal of African and international law (ISSN 1821-620X)
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:human rights
Bill of Rights
human rights institutions
Abstract:An overview of the historical matrix of political economy and the legal and policy regimes of people's rights and freedoms in Tanzania indicates that human rights in Tanzania are a work in progress. The decision of the ruling party TANU in 1983 to initiate a nation-wide discussion on the country's Constitution and the measures taken in 1984, which included the incorporation of a Bill of Rights in the Constitution, were concessions to some of the demands by the country's internal democratic movements as well as external forces. It soon became clear that those concessions were agreed on grudgingly. The nature, scope and content of the Bill of Rights, together with a judiciary which could not be described as impartial and independent and capable of handling human rights cases by any definition, have given the executive an ever-expanding margin of concentration of powers. Using the lame parliament, the executive has successively succeeded in passing legislation circumscribing personal rights and freedoms. It remains for the national human rights commission, the Commission of Human Rights and Good Governance, to gain some teeth and protect and promote human rights in Tanzania. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]