The Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) is a non-governmental, non-partisan human rights organization which is registered under the Nongovernmental Organization Act of 2002. The Coalition started in 2010 as a loose network of 14 Human Rights NGOs and in 2012 THRDC was formally established as an umbrella organization and since then we have instigated and undertaken a range of human rights projects.
THRDC is comprised of both individual and organizational memberships, whereby as of April 2016 it had 115 members who are human rights defenders (including journalists). Its membership and representation in terms of operation are spread through zones’ Human Rights focal person coordination all over the United Republic of Tanzania (Mainland and Zanzibar).
THRDC works for the safety of about 6000 Human Right Defenders in Tanzania. HRDs today find themselves in an increasingly insecure operating environment, caused by both municipal and international factors that have culminated into a harsh regulatory and legal framework in Tanzania.
Many HRDs are becoming targets of state harassment and intimidation with a number of Civil Society Organization (CSOs) workers being victimized and stigmatized as agents of foreign interests and supporters of opposition parties.
The Coalition envisages a free and secured working environment for Human Rights Defenders in Tanzania.
The Coalition strives to maximize the protection, respect and recognition of HRDs in Tanzania through, protection, capacity building and advocacy.
The promotion of deep respect and empathy for defenders.
Acting in a very responsive, rapid, flexible manner
A result-oriented organization, with tangible impact.
Acting independently, with creativity, impartiality and integrity.
Operating with dedication, professionalism, transparency and accountability.
The main objective of the THRD-Coalition is to work towards enhancing the security and protection of the human rights defenders (HRDs) in the United Republic of Tanzania and hence to ensure that human rights defenders in our country are able to carry out their essential function free from harm and repression, in accordance with the 1998 UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. Its specific objectives are:
The legal and policy frameworks (and practice) addressing the Human Rights Defenders’ issues improved-ADVOCACY
The media and HRDs capacity to effectively participate in the Human Rights Defenders’ protection processes and address their rights improved-CAPACITY BUILDING
Protection mechanisms established and accessed by HRDs at risk- PROTECTION
An improved performance and sustainability of the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders’ Coalition- INSTITUTIONAL BUILDING
Strategic Goal & Our Priorities.
The main interest of this Coalition is to, inter alia, work towards enhanced security and protection of HRDs in the United Republic of Tanzania. It also intends to strengthen regional and international interventions to protect and promote the rights and responsibilities of HRDs. All that we do is to support the achievement of these goals whereby our priorities are set to achieve the following three outcomes or key result areas – KRAs.
Legal & policy frameworks (and practice) addressing the Human Rights Defenders ‘issues are improved. The coalition will continue influencing the creation of a legal system that recognizes and values non-state Human Rights actors.
The media and HRDs capacity to effectively participate in the Human Rights Defenders’ protection processes and address their rights are improved. To achieve this the coalition will continue providing security management training as well as security and risk assessment consultation to HRDs
Protection mechanisms are established and accessed by HRDs at risk by supporting them in legal, medical and evacuation services.