Advancing civil human rights culture in Tanzania
Cham : Springer
InReligion and Human Rights, (2017)Ziebertz, H.-G.; Sterkens, C. (ed.), Religion and Human Rights in Empirical perspective, pp. 215-229
Religion and civil human rights, 10 december 2014
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Leerstoel Empirische en praktische religiewetenschap
Religion and Human Rights
Ziebertz, H.-G.; Sterkens, C. (ed.), Religion and Human Rights in Empirical perspective
SubjectCenter for Religion and Contemporary Society (CRCS)
This contribution investigates the traditional difficulties faced in advancing human rights culture in Tanzania. It describes the sorts of problems, causes and deeper reasons that hinder the advancement and application of human rights in Tanzania. What is the nature of these problems? And what are the possible solutions? Despite the fact that in theory, Tanzania fully embraces human rights, the country falls short when it comes to applying them. We will argue that specific cultural traditions and customs are to blame for human rights abuses. Strict and conservative beliefs and practices in Tanzania do not align with human rights. More specifically, traditional family values and gender-role stereotypes; arranged (child) marriages; belief in witchcraft; and extrajudicial killings and unjust law enforcement are all implicated in causing harm to human rights culture.
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