The Guardian (Tanzania), Mar. 21, 2003
By Kidani Magwila
The Centre for Human Rights Promotion (CHRP) has appealed to the US government to ratify the International Child Rights Convention and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to give credit to its moral and obligational role on human rights before the international community.
Speaking at a discussion on Human Rights and United States Foreign Policy, held at the American Embassy in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the CHRP Executive Director and Human Rights Activist, Dr Emmanuel Kandusi, said the US also had a moral duty to ratify the treaties besides the obligation.
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“The US played a leading role in preparing both treaties, we human rights activists see the treaties so crucial in safeguarding human rights. If America which is on record for championing human rights across the world fails to ratify the treaties, what example does it set for other countries?,” he asked.
Despite the US’s failure to ratify the two treaties, Dr Kandusi hailed the US for its exemplary record in protecting and promoting human rights to its citizens.
Contributing at the forum, the Chairman for Human Rights Commission, Judge Robert Kissanga, asked the US to work with poor countries when it comes to issues related to human rights violations.
He said the tendency by the US to decide to cut aid was not in the spirit of helping poor countries reform or record fast and meaningful economic development.
Responding to the Judge’s concern, the American Embassy Economic Officer Matthew Murray assured the Judge that the US has always been engaging recipient nations to observe human rights.
On his part the Director of Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Frederick Werema , said there is a need to increase public awareness on human rights issues.
Giving his experience following a recent study tour on US Foreign Policy and Human Rights, a senior reporter with The Guardian, Ramadhani Kabale hailed a move by some members of the US House of Representatives to form a human rights Caucus.
Ali Saleh, a BBC Correspondent, who also travelled to the U.S, said America should avoid imposing its human rights values and standards on other nations.
The two journalists travelled to US under the International Visitors Programme.