A week after their South African and Ugandan colleagues were deported from the country — after being arrested for “the promotion of homosexuality” — Tanzanian human rights activists have yet to hear whether charges will be brought against them. The group of 13 were arrested in Dar es Salaam on October 17, when the police raided a legal consultation meeting convened by the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (Isla) and Community Health Services and Advocacy (Chesa). A day after the arrest, Lazaro Mambosasa, the head of police, said the “criminals” had violated Tanzanian law. Bail was revoked on October 20, and then granted again on October 26.
November 3 / Mail & Guardian