Victim compensation and aspects of law and justice in Tanzania                

Author(s)Lugakingira, Kahwa S. K. and Chris Maina Peter
Title Victim compensation and aspects of law and justice in Tanzania
Source International Criminal Justice Review, Vol 18, pp 292-317; 2008
Date 2008
Document type Journal article
Coverage Tanzania
Summary This article discusses compensation for victims of crime in Tanzania, with a consideration of the implications of the enactment in 2000 of the Thirteenth Amendment to Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania of 1977 which foresees availability to award compensation to victims of offences committed to other persons. There is at the time of writing the article no statutory scheme of compensation in any part of the United Republic of Tanzania but a court may order an offender to compensate the victim, or the victim may undertake civil action. The reluctance of the judiciary to order compensation is examined and the authors consider possible criteria for eligibility to compensation. The authors examine the United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power and suggest that there is a need to prepare a more legally binding instrument.
Keywords Tanzania; compensation; UN principles; victim rights