Report of the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism on her mission to the United Republic of Tanzania (A/HRC/37/57/Add.1)

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Human Rights Council
Thirty-seventh session
26 February–23 March 2018
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

I. Introduction

  1. In accordance with the mandate set out in Human Rights Council resolution 28/6 and at the invitation of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, conducted an official visit to the United Republic of Tanzania from 18 to 28 July 2017. The objective of the visit was to assess the human rights situation of persons with albinism throughout the country, with particular attention to be given to the relatively high number of reports of attacks against them.

  2. During her visit, the Independent Expert travelled to the cities of Dodoma, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Kigoma and Kasulu. She met with the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Attorney General, the Deputy Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister responsible for policy, parliamentary affairs and matters involving labour, employment, youth and persons with disabilities, the Chair of the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance and representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, the Ministry of Health, Community Development,
    Gender and Children, the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs and Justice, the Ministry of Finance and Planning, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, the President’s Office for Regional Administration and Local Government, the National Bureau of Statistics and the Tanzania Police Force, including community police. She also met with officials from the municipalities of Shinyanga and Kigoma and head teachers and staff members of schools designated as shelters, including Buhangija and Lake View — both in Mwanza — and Kabanga in Kasulu.

  3. In addition, the Independent Expert met with academics and civil society organizations, particularly those representing persons with albinism, such as the Tanzania Albinism Society. Most importantly, she visited numerous persons with albinism, including victims of attacks, to hear from them about their enjoyment of their human rights. She also met with the United Nations country team and the heads of cooperation and foreign missions resident in the United Republic of Tanzania and active in the donor community. She observed the provision of health services to persons with albinism by civil society and government institutions in Mwanza and at Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Dar es Salaam.

  4. The Independent Expert is grateful to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania for its cooperation. In particular, she notes that her visit was the first official visit by a special procedure mandate holder that the country had agreed to in nine years. She is also grateful to all her interlocutors, especially persons with albinism, who shared their collective experience and individual perspectives with her. She looks forward to fruitful and continued dialogue with the Government and other stakeholders on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the present report.

  5. The Independent Expert thanks the United Nations country team, particularly the Office of the Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), for their effective logistical, administrative and substantive support. She would also like to thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation for coordinating all official meetings.