Rights groups are urging Tanzania's government to "end its hostile rhetoric toward civil society groups and threats to obstruct their work."
Twenty-five local and international groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, said in a statement Thursday that they are concerned by comments targeting groups helping pregnant girls finish their education and those supporting LGBT people.
Last month Tanzanian President John Magufuli reportedly said pregnant students can seek vocational training or become entrepreneurs, but should not be allowed to return to formal school.
Tanzania's government has also threatened to prosecute groups supporting LGBT people, who increasingly cite harassment.
The statement by the rights groups said many schools routinely force girls to undergo pregnancy tests and expel girls who are found to be pregnant.
Published on July 6, 2017 on Business Insider.
A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with by another gives rise to an action for injury. Examples of civil rights are freedom of speech, press, and assembly; the right to vote; freedom from involuntary servitude; and the right to equality in public places. Discrimination occurs when the civil rights of an individual are denied or interfered with because of their membership in a particular group or class. Various jurisdictions have enacted statutes to prevent discrimination based on a person's race, sex, religion, age, previous condition of servitude, physical limitation, national origin, and in some instances sexual orientation.
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