Introducing Tanzania Human Rights Defenders’ Resource Centre
Tanzania Human Rights Defenders’ Resource Centre is a multi-media library with relevant human rights facilities, learning materials and publications made available for human rights defenders in Tanzania, students and researchers.
Following the development of the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders’ Coalition’s new Strategic Plan (THRDC’s new Strategic Plan of 2018-2022), the Coalition has developed a Resource Centre for Tanzania Human Rights Defenders to create an enabling environment for HRDs to learn and share various human rights information, reports and publications.
As an umbrella organization with more than one hundred and fifty (150) member organizations and individual HRDs across Tanzania, the Resource Centre will serve as a learning hub for human rights information both online and offline.
Therefore, the Resource Centre constitutes an Online TV (WATETEZI TV), THRDC’s Informative and learning Website, HRDs online training courses, offline library, online library, Human Rights Reports from THRDC members, Human Rights eBooks, Human Rights Audiobooks, Human Rights Documentaries, Human Rights mini-studio, law reports, human rights cases and other human rights publications.
Rationale For The Establishment Of The Resources Centre
THRDC discovered there is a problem of documentation, collection and sharing of human rights data in Tanzania. A number of human rights defenders engage in the promotion and protection of human rights in Tanzania, but there is still a synchronization problem between publication and dissemination of their work. Again many HRDs publish human rights materials, but yet cannot be accessible in a one-stop centre. All these have hindered publicity and visibility of HRDs’ work for a long time. Therefore THRD-RC strives to address the following problems:
The rapid shrinking of HRDs’ media and civic space
The absence of a well-known, dedicated, accessible, reliable and fully furnished human rights defenders’ hub of human rights information
Poor documentation of HRDs’ work
Poor dissemination practices of human rights publications by HRDs
Poor self-learning practices among HRDs
An absence of one-stop learning centre
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.
To address the problems above, the Coalition has established the Resources Centre mainly:
To provide readers with resourceful human rights publications
To promote and encourage self-educating practices to THRDC Members
Host Tanzania Watetezi Television an Online Mini-Studio
To serve as a storage and database for internal THRDC publications
To become a one stop center of collected human rights defenders reports and publications in all forms
To serve as a hub for HRDs and human right information in Tanzania
To provide a learning space for HRDs in Tanzania
To provide online security courses to HRDs in Tanzania