Tanzania

Killing of student prompts united civil society response to closing space

Following the shooting dead of a Tanzanian student, over one hundred CSOs signed on to a statement outlining serious concerns about threats to fundamental freedoms in Tanzania. Read more

Killing of student prompts united civil society response to closing space

Crackdown on newspapers and TV stations publicising critical views continues

On 24th October 2017, the Tanzanian government suspended another newspaper - the Swahili-language Tanzania Daima - for a period of 90 days, due to allegations of publishing false news. This was the fourth newspaper banned in 2017, Read more

Crackdown on newspapers and TV stations publicising critical views continues

Crackdown on activists, critical media, dissident voices intensifies in Tanzania

On 17th October, police arrested 13 people at a legal consultation meeting in hotel Peacock Hotel in Dar es Salaam, accused by police of 'promoting homosexuality'. The legal consultation meeting was convened by the pan-African Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) and the Tanzanian Community Health Services and Advocacy (CHESA), in order to gain more evidence for a case they are planning to file before the court, according to a press statement issued by ISLA and CHESA. The case involves fighting the government decision, in February, to limit certain health services that were provided previously. They were initially granted bail, which was revoked a couple of days later, on 20th October. Among those arrested are at least two lawyers, including Sibongile Ndashe, ISLA's executive director. On 20th October, the Registrar of Non Government Organisations announced the suspension of CHESA's activities while it started an investigation in its 'sensitization of homo sexual activities in various parts of the country', further noting 'that homo sexual marriages are not allowed since they are contrary to customs, traditions and laws of the country', according to the Daily News. Read more

Crackdown on activists, critical media, dissident voices intensifies in Tanzania

Tanzanian authorities threaten HRDs, LGBTI activists and journalists

In a recent development, two human rights defenders, Bibiana Mushi and Nicodemus Ngelela, were arrested on 12th July 2017. Both activists were released on bail and now await their trial set for 10th August on charges of Disobedience of Statutory Duty under Section 123 of the Tanzanian Penal Code, which can carry a sentence of two years if found guilty. Mushi and Ngelela were leading a capacity building workshop for local government officials serving in regions with a prevalence of extractive industries when they were unexpectedly arrested. Read more

Tanzanian authorities threaten HRDs, LGBTI activists and journalists

High Court of Arusha upholds freedom of association

A judge in Arusha dismissed a legal challenge to suspend elections to the council of the Tanganyika Law Society. Read more

High Court of Arusha upholds freedom of association

Tanzanian President tells critical newspapers 'days are numbered'

The Tanzanian president John Magufuli has launched a scathing attack on two unnamed newspapers which he accusses of 'spurring dissent'. Read more

Tanzanian President tells critical newspapers 'days are numbered'

Prominent online media owner charged under cybercrime law

Pressure is growing on Tanzania's government to release Maxence Melo, founder of Jamii Media which runs the popular online platform JamiiForums. Read more

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Prominent online media owner charged under cybercrime law

People arrested for insulting Tanzania's president

A lecturer at a Tanzanian university was arrested for insulting the country's president John Magufuli. Read more

People arrested for insulting Tanzania's president

Expression

The constitution guarantees the right to freedom of expression, however this right is undermined by a number of laws including the National Security Act and the recently enacted Statistics Act and Cybercrimes Act that severely curtail media freedoms and access to information. Read more

Peaceful Assembly

Article 20 (1) of the Constitution of Tanzania guarantees the right of peaceful assembly. A notification must be provided to the police 48 hours before holding a demonstration. Read more