Tuesday, 16 December 2008

NGO urges tough action against albino killers

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Daily News Reporter

Women Legal Aid Centre (WLAC), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has expressed its disappointment over a low pace by state organs in tackling killings of albinos. WLAC Executive Director Scholastica Jullu yesterday issued a statement criticising police and other state organs for being slow in arresting and prosecuting the suspects.

“It is surprising to see perpetrators of these killings walking comfortably while albinos are living in fear," she said in the statement. Ms Jullu said the media was awash with reports of the killings. “We are, however, yet to witness legal action and results like conviction of those involved," she added.

WLAC has described the killings of albinos as something beyond normal violation of human rights, calling on NGOs, government organs and other stakeholders to join forces in fighting the vice. She said the state organs appear to be taking other murder incidents more seriously than those involving albinos.

The ruthless killings have caused widespread apprehension in Tanzania's albino community, and those who can afford are moving to urban centres where they feel safer. More than 60 albino children are currently staying at a school near Mwanza to ensure protection against assailants.

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