Tanzanian Human Rights defenders, activists and Civil Society Organizations have threatened to pursue public litigation to restore what they have termed as restoration for respect of human rights in their country.
This revelation was made by a section of CSO organization leaders from Tanzania on Monday night in one of their whatsapp groups, as a result of the Dodoma government through her minister for foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Hon. Prof. Palamagamba J. A.M Kabudi writing a withdraw notice on November 14, 2019.
In a letter written to AU, Prof. Kabudi noted that, the decision was reached after the Declaration had been implemented contrary to the reservations submitted by the United Republic of Tanzania when making its declaration.
In documents seen by this websites, though the government of Tanzania had appended her signature to the protocol on March 9, 2010, they couldn’t continue to withstand what they referred to as violation of reservations until the protocol is reviewed.
“The government of the United Republic of Tanzania has decided to withdraw the declaration it made on the 9th day March, 2010 under Article 34 (6) of the protocol of the African Charter on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights for review” Tanzania’s letter reads in parts.
In an AU response letter Ref. No. CHAD 133/738/01/2 of November 21, 2019, The African Union Commission, Office of the Secretary General Addis Ababa assured highest consideration to the said proposal for renewal.
“The Permanent Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania to the African Union avails this opportunity to renew to the African Commission, Office of the Secretary General the assurances of its highest consideration” AU’s response letter reads in part.
When CSOs led by ActionAid Tanzania, Tanzania Human Rights Defenders, Mwenyekiti Jukwaa LA Katiba Tanzania and Wajibika, have vowed to drag the government of Tanzania as one of the means to protect the rights of Tanzanians and respect to the African Union Protocol.