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Tanzania Withdraws Individuals' And NGOs' Rights To File Cases To African Court



Government of Tanzania has withdrawn rights of individuals and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to file cases against it directly to the African Court On Human And Peoples' Rights. That was reported by some media on December 2, 2019.


According to the reports, the withdrawal has been lambasted by Amnesty International as evidence of increasing violation of human rights and cynical attempt to elude responsibility by the government of Tanzania. The withdrawal also undermines the authority and legitimacy of the continental court, continued Amnesty International.


Also criticizing the government of Tanzania's withdrawal of individuals' and NGOs' rights to access the African court is said to be the United Nations' human rights office. As such, the latter has reportedly urged the government to reverse its decision.


Without access to the African Court On Human And Peoples' Rights, individuals and NGOs especially political activist groups will be unable to seek justice outside the country's judicial system when their human rights are violated by a government that is allegedly becoming increasingly repressive and authoritarian.


Tanzania becomes the second country to withdraw individuals' and NGOs' rights to access the African Court On Human And Peoples' Rights. The other country is Rwanda.


The African Court On Human And Peoples' Rights is located in Arusha, Tanzania.

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