Despite decline in attacks on persons with albinism, root causes rife in rural Tanzania, UN expert finds
A United Nations rights expert stated that the group of people with albinism in rural Tanzania live in fear of violence against them. “People with albinism continue to live in a very fragile situation, as the root causes of the attacks against them remain rampant, and the effects of over a decade of violations have taken their toll,” said Ikponwosa Ero, the UN independent expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, at the end of her 11-day visit to Tanzania.
“I welcome the measures already taken by the Government and civil society, and the decrease in the number of reported attacks,”
Ms.Ero said. Also she said more work was needed to address witchcraft and educate the public.
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