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Source: Amnesty International –

Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s government has built up a formidable arsenal of laws to stifle all forms of dissent and effectively clamp down on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly ahead of elections on 28 October, Amnesty International said as they launched the report Lawfare – Repression by Law Ahead of Tanzania’s General Elections today.

In recent months, opposition candidates have been arrested on spurious charges that strip them of their right to freedom of assembly, association and movement. At the same time rules aimed at tightening the government’s control over what local and foreign media publish have come into force, violating the right to freedom of expression.

Tanzania has weaponized the law to the point that no one really knows when they are on the right or wrong side of it.