Tanzania MapTanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania, is a country in East Africa.

Tanzania ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and it’s Optional Protocol on November 10, 2009 and its Optional Protocol on May 12, 2008.


Human Rights Defenders Committee in Tanzania

S. No. Organization Name of Representative
1. TAMH (Organization for Intellectual Disabilities) Abdala Mg’obwa
2. SHIVYAWATA Wilson Chamhene
3. TAS (Organization for Albinism) Ernest Kimaya
4. KASI (Kilimanjaro Association of Spinal cord Injuries) Abdulaziz Shambe
5. CHAVITA (Organization for the Hearing Impaired) Stadius Kongoka
6. CHAWATA (Association of the Physically Disabled of Tanzania) Elias Masamaki
7. TLB (Tanzania League of the Blind) Jonas Lubago
8. SHIVYAWATA Novath Rukwago
9. PSORATA (Psoriasis Association of Tanzania) Magdalena Kaihuzi
10. CCBRT (Health Representative) Fredrick Msigallah
11. TGNP (Women Representative) Dimetria Kologosho
12. Minority Representative (Deaf-Blind) Benjamin Kihwele
13. TCRF (Child Representative) Eric Guga
14. SHIVYAWATA (Chairperson) Lupi Maswanya
15. SHIVYAWATA Abdilah Omary
16. SHIVYAWATA Felician Mkude

The Committee with representatives from different organizations meets often and discusses activities vis-à-vis the Project and various local issues concerning disabled people in Tanzania. To view the minutes of the meetings held under the aegis of the CIDA Project, please click on the following links.


The Human Rights Defenders Committee through its vast networks has implemented both surveys amongst Persons with Disabilities and Disabled People’s Organizations in Tanzania. Please follow the links below to read the analysis.

Research Papers

The Partners in Tanzania through their members and their expertise in various fields are producing papers on the situation of access to education, health and employment for people with disabilities in Tanzania.

Human Rights Violation Cases

The Human Rights Defenders Committee of Tanzania has submitted cases that depict human rights violations of persons with disabilities in their country.

Visit to the National Human Rights Commission

Representatives from the Human Rights Defenders Committee met the Director of the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) on April 12, 2013 and apprised him on various issues concerning the rights of disabled people in Tanzania. A productive dialogue was exchanged with the CHRAGG Director on the Committee and the activities that were being undertaken under the CIDA Project.