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Tanzania: Prevalence of custodial rape by police and recourse available to victims

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 2 August 2000
Citation / Document Symbol TZA34608.E
Reference 2
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Tanzania: Prevalence of custodial rape by police and recourse available to victims, 2 August 2000, TZA34608.E, available at: [accessed 24 May 2016]
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Further to the information provided in TZA34593.E of 2 August 2000, the only reference to rape by an officer in Tanzania found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate refers to a case involving a colonel and a foreign worker (ION 25 Sept. 1999, 7). A woman "who had been looking after the rehabilitation of primary schools for refugees in Kibondo District" reported to the Irish ambassador visiting the area that she had been raped by leaders of the district, including a colonel, near the border with Burundi (ibid.). The alleged victim left the country but, after a government inquiry which according to the colonel "decided the accusations against him were unfounded," he instructed a law office to sue for defamation the representative of the international non-government organization with which she worked (ibid.). The colonel was also "turning against" a weekly publication "which had reported the accusations of rape at the end of July [1999]" and preparing to sue the Tanzanian representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, "whom he accuses of repeating the accusation of rape before an international forum" (ibid.).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Indian Ocean Newsletter (ION) [Paris]. 25 September 1999. No. 872. "Tanzania: Colonel Turns and Bites."

Additional Sources Consulted

Africa Confidential [London]. 1998-June 2000.

Africa Research Bulletin [London]. 1998-May 2000.

IRB Databases.

World News Connection (WNC).

Internet Websites.

Internet search engines.

This list is not exhaustive. Subject, region and country-specific publications available in the Resource Centre are not included.

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