About Us

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. Read More

THRDC Membership

THRDC is the Membership Human Rights Organization with more than 115 Members from different HRDNGOs, individual HRDs and journalists. THRDC members are extra-special people and organizations. Read More

Human Rights Defenders in Photos

Glimpse on THRDC


The mandate of the THRD-Coalition is to protect, empower and support human rights defenders in Tanzania.


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 and acting in a very responsive, rapid, flexible manner.

THRDC Programs

The Coalition conducts advocacy through networks focusing on and targeting particular audiences in order to gain support. These are human rights organizations and networks. Read More

Basing on the fact that a concept of protection and promotion of the rights of the HRDs is new in Tanzania. It is important that well designed capacity building sessions to be availed to the media and HRDs. Read More

THRD-Coalition continues to design its security management system in order to ensure that there is a coordinated set of principals and procedures and that they have adhered to the HRD formulae. Read More

The efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of any organization depend on – among other things – how it is organized internally and externally. And adherence to the principles of good governance is paramount. Read More

Over 5 Years of Service

150 members
6000 defenders
19 project
5 years
of service

News & Updates

  • Digital security management training to 30 HRDs

    HRDC conducted a one-day digital security management training to 30 HRDs from upcountry and Dar-es-salaam on the 27th of April 2016 at the Blue Pearl Hotel-Ubungo Plaza Dar es Salaam. The training aimed at equipping them with basic digital security knowledge to enhance their security when the pursuit of their defence activities. The training sessions

    September 17, 2018
  • European Union Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders

    Background The European Union (EU) Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders (2004) provide the EU Member States with practical guidance on how to protect and support Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), especially in third countries. The text of the guidelines can be found at http://ue.eu.int/uedocs/cmsUpload/GuidelinesDefenders.pdf. Although the EU did not select Tanzania as one of the approximately 25

    September 17, 2018
  • Mr Onesmo Olengurumwa, THRDC National Coordinator received an award for the “East Africa Defender of the year”

    HRDC was today honoured with a visit from Hassan Shire from East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EAHRDP),Aloyce Habimana from Frontline defenders Regional Coordinator Africa and Brenda Kugonza from Uganda National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders where EAHRDP awarded Mr Onesmo Olengurumwa ( THRDC National Coordinator) an award for the “East Africa

    September 17, 2018


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