Mwinyi censures  global human  rights violation

Mwinyi censures global human rights violation

ZANZIBAR President Hussein Mwinyi has described the continued violation of human rights as a global issue that needs concerted efforts to address for smooth development.

“Violations of human rights are not only a problem in Africa, but a global challenge.

For Zanzibar and the Union governments, protections of human rights are well prioritised as stipulated in the constitutions,” Dr Mwinyi said in his speech at the opening of the first tripartite judicial dialogue, being held in Zanzibar.

The three-day dialogue involves 30 judges and over 50 lawyers from the three regional and sub-regional Courts- the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR), the East African Court of Justice (EACJ), and the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice (ECOWAS CCJ).

He said the Zanzibar Revolutionary Government eagerly awaited recommendations from the dialogue for them to be implemented because human rights issues have been prioritised in the Constitutions.

Dr Mwinyi said that both governments (Zanzibar and Union) respect human rights and the rule of law.

He said the country has also established a Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) that continues to work well to promote human rights on both sides of the United Republic of Tanzania.

“The tripartite Courts dialogue is timely as the deliberations will be centered at discussing achievements and challenges in the running of the courts,” he said, adding the gathering is also important in efforts to strengthen relationships and cooperation among judges, lawyers and institu- tions dealing with legal issues.

Dr Mwinyi expressed optimism that the dialogue would come out with solutions to some of the challenges with the aim of improving the well- being of citizens in Africa and around the world.

The Isles leader promised that the government would ensure it implements the recommendations that need to be implemented by the Zanzibar government in collaboration with the regional courts.

“I’m happy the dialogue is also being held in Zanzibar because it is an opportunity for Zanzibar judges to gain further knowledge and share experience,” said the President.

The AfCJHPR President Justice Iman Aboud, said the three-day dialogue will dis- cuss, among others, the best ways to strengthen judicial cooperation and human rights advocacy within the African continent, and better mechanisms for the implementation of the court's decisions.

She said the talks would provide opportunities to exchange knowledge and how best to deal with similar chal- lenges.

She also noted that the AfCJHPR is facing a shortage of permanent judges.

The President of the East African Court of Justice, Judge Nestor Kayobera, said the dialogue provides a platform to strengthen cooperation between the three Courts and other key stakeholders, through the exchange of ideas on a range of fundamental issues of common interest, including better principles and procedures for dealing with issues that arise when the courts carry out their duties.

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Author: DAILYNEWS Reporter in Zanzibar

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