Limited access to responsive and accountable justice and human rights protection mechanisms continue to be a problem in Tanzania and especially to women, children, people living with HIV/AIDS and people with disabilities. Justice services are impeded by high and prohibitive costs, low knowledge and awareness of rights for effective demand and limited availability of services due to under-funding in the sector. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance shows a slide back in since 2011 and there is a negative trend particularly in the Participation and Human Rights Category. However, Tanzania has made significant efforts to enhance the Human Rights System of the country and several regional and international Human Rights Instruments have been signed. Despite the efforts, there is still a need to improve the access to justice and the quality of justice service delivery to vulnerable groups in the country.
The project geographical focus is Tanzania Mainland, with a few human rights interventions targeting Zanzibar. The project is informed by and contribute to the following documents, the Vision 2025 (mainland Tanzania), the first 2011-2015 and the second 2016-2021 National Five-Year Development Plan for Tanzania (FYDP), in the ‘MKUKUTA’, The National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty, and ‘MKUZA’. It builds on the recommendations from the evaluation of the Support for National Human Rights Priorities in Tanzania, 2016, and extensive consultations with key partners. The project works toward the following:
- To achieve an inclusive, accountable and evidence based policy and law-making process, there is need for improvement of the Criminal Justice Sector’s coordination and data management.
- Enhancing access by vulnerable groups to quality justice services is a key component of this project which is reinforced by ongoing technical and logistic support to the effective implementation and rollout of the Legal Aid Act and regulation
- Research on how judicial mechanisms deal with women and vulnerable and discriminatory practices is carried out to better understand the situation. A study on women’s access to justice is also being carried out on Zanzibar.
- Through engaging women legal organizations in and carry out capacity building activities, the women lawyers’ association will be empowered.
- Supporting the implementation of UPR and Treaty Bodies recommendations on human rights through reinforcing technical support, coordination and reporting are critical to demonstrating commitment to human rights.
Paul Turay, Chief Technical Advisor
Find out more about the project by downloaing the project fact sheet.