A NONGOVERNMENTAL organisation, Haki Maendeleo, has referred to as for a evaluate of the Cybercrime Act, 2015 and the Tanzanian Digital and Postal Communications (On-line Content material) Rules, 2020 to reinforce and defend the rights of web customers.
Talking at a session that introduced collectively Fee for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRGG) and human rights activists to deliberate on how finest to guard the rights of web customers in Dodoma on Monday, Haki Maendeleo Wilfred Warioba stated: “We’ve got legal guidelines, however as a result of technological advances, individuals are additionally more and more turning into victims of the web for varied causes.”
He stated the federal government should contemplate reviewing some items of laws to bear on ongoing transformation led to by technological advances.
Citing cell phones, as an illustration, Mr Warioba stated folks in rural areas used cell phones to make calls and had been receiving important data, together with updates on climate patterns, agro-inputs and markets.
“We wish the web for use for growth and to not be abused. That’s the reason we wish the authorities to grasp that the web can be a part of human rights,” he stated.
He defined that his organisation had been working with CHRGG to boost public consciousness on human rights. Nonetheless, he stated areas equivalent to private knowledge and monetary transactions should be protected by legal guidelines and rules.
Mr Nabo Asay, Director of Authorized Service Division (CHRGG) informed reporters in Dodoma that gender stereotyping and male chauvinism affected the promotion of human rights.
The director famous that individuals should absolutely utilise the web, particularly social media networks, to handle gender-based violence.
“We’re witnessing a rising development of abuse of web platforms. It is excessive time folks stopped it,” he stated. Social media, in response to Mr Asay, has turn into highly effective, thus there’s a want to make sure it doesn’t turn into a hideout of abuses.
A participant and a member of Tanzania Girls Attorneys Affiliation (Tawla) Penina Robert stated there was a necessity to interact in discussions particularly after the 16 days of activism in opposition to gender-based violence.
Ms Robert famous that there have been many instances of abuse and of gender-based violence on the web regardless of efforts by each state and non-state actors to curb them.
“There are insults, humiliation and different types of human rights violations on the web. All this may cease if there may be accountable use of the web,” she stated.