A STEP TO ZERO ATTACKS: REFLECTIONS ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH ALBINISM THROUGH THE LENS OF X V UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA

Authors

  • Benyam Dawit Mezmur

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29053/2413-7138/2018/v6a12

Keywords:

African countries, albinism, human rights, United Republic of Tanzania, Committee on the Rights of Persons with disabilities, legal aid

Abstract

No fewer than 25 African countries have been identified where attacks on and killings of persons with albinism have in recent years been perpetrated. These attacks and killings raise multiple human rights questions. The communication of X v United Republic of Tanzania decided by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities concerned a complaint by a person with albinism, who was attacked. Issues such as ratione materia; remedies; legal aid; delays in solving cases; being equal before and under the law, and equal and effective legal protection of the law; torture and re-victimisation; as well as protection of the integrity of the person are the thematic issues covered in the article. In conclusion, the implications of the Mr X decision and how it should reverberate beyond the borders of Tanzania are addressed.

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Published

2021-04-19

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Section

SECTION C: Regional Developments