Human Rights

Respect for and protection of human rights are a key priority for the German Government and the European Union (EU).

Germany's human rights policy in international relations has a concrete obligation to protect individuals from violations of their rights and basic freedoms and to create a viable framework to ensure that suppression, the arbitrary use of power and exploitation no longer have a chance to flourish.


Press Conference on the Day Against Death Penalty

EU Ambassadors briefed the press on their outreach to Tanzanian interlocutors discussing the human rights situation. They visited Ukonga Prison and spoke to the Deputy Minister for Justice, the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance, human rights activists and representatives of civil society. The European Union is a leading actor in the fight against the death penalty worldwide.

Interfaith dialogue project supported by Germany– A full success

The Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung has successfully held an interfaith dialogue project in Dar es Salaam bringing together representatives of different religious groups. The project was possible due to the financial support of Germany.

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights

Tanzania, being the host country of the Arusha based African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, has acknowledged the competence of this Court to hear cases brought directly before it by individuals and Non-Governmental Organisations (e.g. HRD). This is another important role, HRD can play in Tanzania for the protection of Human Rights. The African Court is supported by the German Government.

Learn more about the German support to the Court

How to Access the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights [pdf, 10.8k]

Strengthening Access to the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights [pdf, 11.75k]


Germany's human rights-based approach to development cooperation

The German government views development policy as a form of practical human rights policy. It sees the realisation of human rights as the key to sustainable poverty reduction. A human rights-based approach to development cooperation promotes non-discrimination and equality of opportunity, participation and empowerment, transparency and accountability. The German government promotes a form of development cooperation which views the people as agents of their own development. This approach brings about a shift in perspective: those in "need" and "target groups" are seen as bearers of rights and state partners as bearers of duties.


Applying human rights in practice - Fact sheets [pdf, 1,563.11k]

Cartoon Book for teenager explaining the 1994 Rwanda genocide

Protecting human rights and promoting universal respect for human rights is the cornerstone of German foreign policy. The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany supported the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in creation of a Cartoon Book on the genocide in Rwanda. The storyline tells us about the lives of the best friends Kagabo and Francoise – both are ten years old- during ‘hundred days’ of the genocide in Rwanda.

German Embassy supports the NGO „Mamas' Hope Organization for Legal Assistance“

The German Embassy did help financially with the refurbishment of a new office for „Mamas' Hope Organization for Legal Assistance“ (MHOLA). Their objective is to enhance womens' and childrens' rights in the Kagera region by promoting Human Rights and fighting gender-based discrimination. MHOLA is running a legal clinic for vulnerable women and children in Bukoba town. They improve womens' situation through awareness campaigns, legal counselling and advice, and facilitation of linkages.


Financing of a „Question & Answers Booklet for Albinos, their Families and Friends“

This booklet aims at giving correct information on people living with Albinism in Tanzania. The correct information and knowledge will make people recognize Albinos as normal people with equal rights, feeling and needs and higly capable if given the same chance in a friendly and supportive environment. The booklet is set to increase the understanding, and to reduce stigmatization and still rampant killings of Albinos for witchcraft believes.

Booklet for Albinos [pdf, 1,931.28k]