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Tanzania: law 'weaponised' in election clampdown - new report

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Politicians arrested and media houses suspended ahead of October election Foreign journalists must be chaperoned by government official Opposition leader summoned to explain meeting with British High Commissioner Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s government has “weaponised” the law as part of a crackdown ahead of elections on 28 October, Amnesty International said, as it launched a new report Lawfare – Repression by Law Ahead of Tanzania’s General Elections today. Amnesty’s report - based on interviews and reviews of videos, photographs, official statements, court documents and media reports

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Tanzania: 'Politically motivated' charges against comedian for failing to register SIM card must be dropped

Idris Sultan faces charges over owning a SIM card Charges brought after comedian posts video laughing at Tanzanian President ‘It is evident that the Tanzanian authorities do not have a case against Idris Sultan’ - Deprose Muchena Popular Tanzanian comedian Idris Sultan is due in court tomorrow (9 July) facing charges over owning a SIM card. The charges were brought after Sultan posted a video on social media of himself laughing at an old photo of Tanzanian President John Magufuli wearing an oversized suit. Amnesty International has called the charges “politically motivated” and called for them

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Tanzania: Opposition politicians arrested as crackdown escalates ahead of elections

In response to the arrest of opposition leader Zitto Kabwe, leader of the Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT), along with seven other officials of the party, Seif Magango, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “The latest arrests of Zitto Kabwe and his colleagues is part of a growing crackdown on opposition leaders and government critics. It is also consistent with the constant harassment and intimidation that he has been subjected to by the authorities in the recent past. “Coming barely three months before Tanzanians go to the

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Tanzania: crackdown on journalists reporting on COVID-19 must end

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Tanzanian authorities yesterday suspended journalist Talib Ussi Hamad for six months for reporting on COVID-19, the latest in a string of attacks on media freedom during the pandemic, said Amnesty International. The suspension of Talib Hamad – who worked for the Daima daily newspaper – comes just days after the Mwananchi daily newspaper had its license suspended after it posted a photo of President John Pombe Magufuli out shopping surrounded by a crowd of people, eliciting online discussion on the country’s approach to addressing COVID-19. Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for

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Tanzania: 'no justice' for journalist Erick Kabendera

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Prominent investigative journalist pays heavy fine to get out of jail where health had deteriorated following arrest nearly seven months ago Kabendera has worked for several UK newspapers - including Guardian, Times and i paper ‘He has already suffered so much simply for doing his job’ - Deprose Muchena Responding to news that the Tanzanian investigative journalist Erick Kabendera has been released from jail after paying fines amounting to more than £90,000, Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s East and Southern Africa Director, said: “While it is welcome news that Kabendera is out of

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Tanzania: human rights lawyer detained in 'outrageous' attempt to silence government critics

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Tito Elia Magoti and co-accused Theodory Giyani charged with leading organised crime ‘The Tanzanian government continues to abuse the criminal justice system by detaining critics on unbailable offences’ - Seif Magango The ongoing detention of the human rights lawyer Tito Elia Magoti and his co-accused Theodory Giyani is an ‘outrageous’ attempt to silence government critics by keeping them behind bars, said Amnesty International, as the men were arraigned in court today. Magoti, a lawyer working with the Dar es Salaam-based Legal and Human Right Centre, and Giyan, an IT expert at a private

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May 18 2020 5:36PM
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Find out all the latest news and updates from the Croydon Amnesty group - including what's on for our upcoming film night!

Tanzania: withdrawal of individuals' and NGOs' rights to access African Court will deepen repression

Tanzania: Withdrawal of individual rights to African Court will deepen repression The Tanzanian government has withdrawn the right of individuals and NGOs to directly file cases against it at the Arusha-based African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Amnesty International has established. This withdrawal of rights will rob people and organisations in Tanzania a vital avenue to justice, in a country whose justice system is deeply flawed. Japhet Biegon, Amnesty International’s Africa Advocacy Coordinator, said: “This move effectively blocks individuals and NGOs in the country from directly

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Tanzania: climate of fear as 'ruthless' repression mounts

Bans on political activities and newspapers Opposition party members shot Erick Kabendera amongst journalists caught up in wave of arbitrary arrests The ‘government must repeal all oppressive laws being used to clamp down on dissent, and urgently end human rights violations and abuses’ – Roland Ebole Tanzania’s repression of the media, human rights defenders and opposition parties has intensified since 2015 in a ruthless clampdown on human rights, Amnesty International said in a report released today (28 October 2019). The report, “The price we pay: Targeted for dissent by the Tanzanian State”

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Urgent Action: Another journalist arrested to silence dissent

A respected journalist who has been critical of the Tanzania's human rights record was taken without explanation.

First UA: 127/19
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