About Us

The Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) was incepted in 2010 at the time when incidents of human rights violations were relatively high in Tanzania. During this time, there were already human rights organizations (HRO), most of which are current members of THRDC. There were also HROs’ networks operated at national, regional and district levels. Despite their efforts and notable results towards human rights protection and promotion,... Read More

Membership

THRDs-Coalition is comprised of both individual and organizational memberships, whereby as of now The Coalition has more than 160 members who are basically human rights defenders NGOs, individual HRDS in Tanzania (HRDs).  Read More

Glimpse on THRDC

Mission

The Coalition strives to maximize the protection, respect and recognition of HRDs in Tanzania through, protection, capacity building and advocacy.

Vision

The Coalition envisages a free and secured working environment for Human Rights Defenders in Tanzania.

Mandate

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

Values

The promotion of deep respect and empathy for defenders and acting in a very responsive, rapid, flexible manner.

Adv. Onesmo Olengurumwa

Word from National coordinator

Greetings!

I'm Onesmo Olengurumwa, the National Coordinator for the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition. We're here to help you protect your rights as a human rights defender—and we'd love it if you could join us.

THRDC aims to create a safe and secure environment for people like you in Tanzania, so that you can do your job without fear of persecution or violence. Since its inception in 2013, THRDC has worked with a wide range of groups to achieve its mission.

We're excited about what we do here at THRDC: defending organizations working in different thematic areas that represent just about every kind of human rights issue and challenge facing our community today. We focus on nine (9) thematic areas: Political and human rights in general; women's rights, legal aid providers; children's rights; pastoralists' rights; freedom of expression, minority rights, Natural Resources and Economic Rights, Social Rights and Accountability.

Board Chairperson

JOAQUINE ANTOINETTE DE-MELLO

Board Chairperson

2022-09-30

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2022-09-29

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2022-09-25

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2022-09-21

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Testimonials

Mussa Juma

Journalist and the Executive Director of MAIPAC based in Arusha, Tanzania.

THRDC has always been very quick in providing emergency support to human rights defenders at risk. THRDC responds within 5 minutes. I really appreciate the quick response from THRDC.”-

Bob Wangwe

HRD and recently the Executive Director of Jukwaa la Katiba Tanzania.

In 2016, I published my opinions about the electoral results of the 2015 general election in Zanzibar. I was arrested and charged under Section 16 of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015 for allegation of publ ... Read More

Johnson Jabir Mking’imile

Journalist based in Moshi, Kilimanjaro.

I really thank THRDC for according to me, an advocate who handled my case till when I was acquitted by the court. Without THRDC, I could be jailed.”

Gervas Mshana.

Activist

On 21st August 2018 while being a student and vice president of the students’ organization at Silva Institute of Business and Management I was expelled from studies because of defending students’ ... Read More

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