Tanzania: UN chief urges secure, peaceable polls

Rights experts call on Tanzania to end ‘crackdown’ on civic space

In a statement from his spokesperson, Secretary-General António Guterres urged political leaders and their supporters to take part within the polls peacefully and chorus from violence. 

He additionally referred to as on the authorities to supply a secure and safe atmosphere, which can permit Tanzanians to train their civil and political rights, the assertion stated. 

An inclusive electoral course of and a broad efficient participation of political events and their candidates, notably girls, stay important for safeguarding the progress made by the east African nation in consolidating stability, democracy and sustainable growth, the assertion added. 

The polls are to be held on Wednesday, 28 October. 

‘Shrinking of democratic space’ 

Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) stated that it has been following “with concern” the shrinking of democratic house within the nation. 

At an everyday media briefing, in Geneva, OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani spoke of “worrying reports” of intimidation, harassment, arbitrary arrests and bodily assaults towards political opponents, journalists, girls human rights defenders, and different activists. 

“This repression of dissenting voices intensified in the lead up to the elections, when the rights to freedom of expression and political participation should be upheld, not repressed,” she added. 

The OHCHR spokesperson raised specific alarm over stories that three folks have been reportedly killed on Monday night time and others injured on Pemba Island within the Zanzibar archipelago the place police fired stay ammunition in clashes with opposition supporters.  

“We urge the authorities to ensure prompt, transparent, independent investigations into the incident and urge all actors to refrain from any acts of violence,” she stated. 

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