There is currently no specific law addressing the issue of protection for HRDs in Tanzania. The legal and institutional framework does not reflect the recommendations of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. Neither does it guarantee the rights of HRDs. Currently, the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRD-Coalition), which includes 30 human rights organisations, is advocating at national level for the adoption of specific legislation to meet the protection needs of HRDs.[1]

In an attempt to overcome this shortcoming the THRD-Coalition has established a civil society-led self-protection mechanism for HRDs in Tanzania. It has put in place a Protection Desk whose officer assess risks and threats facing HRDs nationwide while at the same time giving advice on protection matters.[2]

[1] THRD-Coalition. “Protection and Security Needs for Human Rights Defenders in Tanzania. Needs – Assessment Report”. 2013.

[2] THRD-Coalition. “Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Tanzania 2013”. 2014. pp. 7-8.

*** This information originates from PI’s publication – FOCUS 2014.