Advancing Civil Human Rights Culture in Tanzania

Part of the Religion and Human Rights book series (REHU, volume 2)


This contribution investigates the traditional difficulties faced in advancing human rights culture in Tanzania. It describes the sorts of problems, causes and deeper reasons that hinder the advancement and application of human rights in Tanzania. What is the nature of these problems? And what are the possible solutions? Despite the fact that in theory, Tanzania fully embraces human rights, the country falls short when it comes to applying them. We will argue that specific cultural traditions and customs are to blame for human rights abuses. Strict and conservative beliefs and practices in Tanzania do not align with human rights. More specifically, traditional family values and gender-role stereotypes; arranged (child) marriages; belief in witchcraft; and extrajudicial killings and unjust law enforcement are all implicated in causing harm to human rights culture.


Human rights violations in Tanzania Gender roles Child marriage Witchcraft beliefs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesThe Open UniversityDar es SalaamTanzania
  2. 2.Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious StudiesRadboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands

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