Tanzania: Tanzania rights body slams govt ‘harassment’ of opposition

August 24, 2017

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Tanzania’s main human rights group on Thursday criticised the government for its “harassment” of opposition lawmakers, three of whom have been arrested over the past week.
In a statement, the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) said the string of arrests amounted to a “violation of political and civic rights” in a country where multi-party politics is enshrined in the constitution.
On Tuesday, opposition MP Tundu Lissu was arrested for allegedly insulting President John Magufuli after revealing that Canada had seized a commercial aircraft purchased by the government over an unpaid $38-million (32-million-euro) debt to a Canadian engineering company.
It is the sixth time Lissu, a lawyer and deputy head of the main opposition Chadema party, has been arrested this year. In July he was charged with hate speech after calling Magufuli a “dictator”.
He was arrested on leaving court after attending a hearing in one of the other cases against him.

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http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/Lissu-Dar-residence-searched-by-police/2558-4069612-jhan62z/index.html

http://allafrica.com/stories/201708250177.html

http://www.kdrtv.com/stop-harassing-mps-rights-group-tells-tanzania-as-three-arrested-for-insulting-john-magufuli/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tundu_Lissu

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