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Policy Brief: Rule by Law and the Attack on Civic Freedoms in Tanzania

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli was elected to office in 2015, and it has been under his tenure that the country’s human rights record continues to deteriorate. Despite the fact that Tanzania’s Constitution guarantees amongst others, the right to equality, the right to privacy, the right to freedom of expression and the right to freedom of assembly and association, the Tanzanian authorities continue to restrict these rights creating an extremely volatile situation for human rights defenders (HRDs), opposition parties and journalists. Fear of reprisals stifle criticism and creates a hostile environment for HRDs and lawyers who defend HRDs

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