Critics call this the latest act of repression by Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s administration. Amnesty International says the decision “will rob people and organizations in Tanzania a vital avenue to justice” in a country with a deeply flawed justice system. The rights group says most cases pending at the court are against Tanzania.
Magufuli’s administration has severely restricted the activities of non-governmental groups and independent media. Tanzania’s government recently warned local media against quoting foreigners after the United States and Britain expressed concerns about irregularities in local elections.