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Commission of Human Rights and Good Governance

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The Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) is an independent government department. It was established as the national focal point for the promotion and protection of human rights and good governance in Tanzania. CHRAGG was established under Article 129(1) of the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania of 1977 as amended by Act No. 3 of 2000.

CHRAGG has the mission to independently promote and protect all human rights, duties and principles of administrative justice in order to enhance democracy, rule of law and good governance. Its core values are independency, integrity, teamwork, transparency and accountability, excellency and confidentiality.

CHRAGG is mandated:

  • To promote the protection and preservation of all human rights and duties to society in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of the land.
  • To receive allegations and complaints regarding violation of human rights.
  • To conduct enquiries into matters involving the violation of human rights and the contravention of the principles of administrative justice.
  • To conduct research into human rights, administrative justice and good governance issues and to educate the public about such issues.
  • When necessary, to institute the proceedings in court designed to terminate activities involving the violation of human rights or redress the right or rights so violated, or the contravention of the principles administrative justice.
  • To visit prisons and places of detention or related facilities with a view to assessing and inspecting conditions of the persons held in such places and to make recommendations to redress existing problems.
  • To advise the government and other public organs and private sector institutions on issues relating to human rights and administrative justice.
  • To make recommendations relating to existing or proposed legislation, regulation or administrative provisions to ensure compliance with human rights norms and standards and the principles of good governance.
  • To promote the ratification and accession to treaties or conventions on human rights, to which the country is a party and seek harmonization of national legislation as well as monitor compliance with international human rights standards.
  • To co-operate with international and regional and other national agencies and institutions competent in the areas of protection and promotion of human rights and administrative justice.