The Commission of Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRGG) and the UNESCO Office in Dar es Salaam have the used the first ever International Albinism Awareness Day celebrations held on the 13th June 2015, to urge the society to recognize the rights of people with albinism and at the same time realize the society’s responsibility in respecting and protecting such individuals.
Addressing different stakeholders and journalists during the celebration, the commissioner of CHRGG Dr. Kevin Lothal Mandopi explained that, the society has a duty to equally value lives of people with albinism and extend the same rights to this group as to other human beings.
Dr Mandopi further noted that, the public education program has focused on changing attitudes, perception and misconceptions about people with the albinism.
“It is obvious that if the community well understands the concept of albinism to change stereotypes and misconceptions against these people, there is a great possibility that all evil acts against our brothers and sisters with albinism will be brought to an end”, reiterated Dr. Mandopi.
The UNESCO Dar es Salaam Head of Office and Country Representative, Ms. Zulmira stressed the importance of love in the society and abandoning myths and misconceptions which accelerate violence against people with albinism in the country. She further noted the importance of public education so that people with albinism in Tanzania will enjoy the same rights and amenities as other human beings.
“Our responsibility is to value and protect people albinism, I have been in different places in Tanzania, including the Lake Zone and visited specialized centers for children with albinism. We are supposed to continue educating the public on albinism so that these children can go back and live normally with their families”, insisted Ms. Rodrigues.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRGG), Ms. Marry Massay urged the relevant authorities including governmental and non-governmental, the media and the community at large to educate the public on albinism so that peace and love will continue to reign in Tanzania.
The Assistant Director from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Ms. Grace Ringo, noted that her office has been at the forefront in monitoring various cases, including those involving violence against people with albinism. Ms. Ringo urged community members to be ready to witness in such cases when required and closely follow the proceedings of such cases.
Other stakeholders present during the celebrations advised the government to take a lead and closely work the community to eradicate misconceptions on albinism so as to eliminate acts of violence against people with albinism.
The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete was the guest of honour during the International Albinism Awareness Day celebrations organized in Arusha by the Tanzania Albinism Society.