The Impact of Myths, Superstition and Harmful Cultural Beliefs against Albinism in Tanzania: A Human Rights Perspective

Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal/Potchefstroomse Elektroniese Regsblad

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Title The Impact of Myths, Superstition and Harmful Cultural Beliefs against Albinism in Tanzania: A Human Rights Perspective
Creator Ines, Kajiru
Isaack, Nyimbi
Subject Myths
harmful cultural beliefs
human rights
Description It cannot be denied that myths and superstitions have endured through history and that people have been affected by them since the beginning of time. Superstitious beliefs and myths that result in the victimization of persons with albinism (PWA) are centuries old, are present in cultural attitudes and practised around the world. In Africa and in Tanzania in particular, PWAs have also been targeted because of harmful speculation and unfounded myths which place their lives at risk. As members of society PWA have human rights that need to be protected against any kind of violation, particularly against being killed, tortured and discriminated against. This article analyses various legal provisions that protect the rights of PWA as articulated in various UN covenants and conventions as well as regional treaties and national laws.
Secondary data are consulted to examine the extent of the erroneous beliefs which heavily fuel the persecution and killing of PWA. It is found that there are deep-seated myths, superstitions and harmful cultural beliefs the existence of which seems to pose a serious obstacle to the implementation of the law and the protection of the rights of PWA in Tanzania. The article recommends awareness-raising and education in general for Tanzanian society as an approach towards the protection of PWA.
Publisher Faculty of Law, North-West University, South Africa
Date 2020-08-28
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Source Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal; Vol 23 (2020); 1-27
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Kajiru Ines, Nyimbi Isaack

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