Faith leaders benefit from training on human rights

THE Imani and Wajibu project has so far built capacity to over 560 faith actors countrywide on protecting and promoting human rights, a move which also contributes to strengthening peace from community level.

Through the project the faith leaders have been reminded over their duty to protect and promote human rights, Interfaith Standing Committee coordinator Edmund Matotay said during a workshop that brought together faith leaders in Dar es Salaam to discuss about human rights.

The workshop, held over the weekend, was organised by Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) in collaboration with the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC), Muslim Council of Tanzania (BAKWATA) and Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT).

“We hope that the religious leaders will transfer this knowledge to the public,” Mr Matotay expressed.

Earlier, Committee chair, Sheikh Khamis Mataka, said the issue of human rights is Godly, insisting on his fellow clerics to promote human rights alongside religious teachings. On his part, Rev Modest Pesha, ACT-Alliance coordinator, said people who protect or promote human rights are gifted with blessings. “Human rights are the bridge from chaos to peace whereas faith leaders are the architects responsible for designing and constructing,” Rev Pesha said.

He added: “We cannot bring the community to prosperity if there is no peace and rights.”

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