CJ lashes out at lawyers on human rights From ISSA YUSSUF, Zanzibar, 17th December 2010 @ 12:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 64 LEGAL associations have not done enough in promoting human rights and have remained silent on issues that violate human rights, Chief Justice (CJ) Augustine Ramadhani, has said. Presenting a paper at the colloquium on Advocacy and litigation strategies before the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) and the African Court of Human & Peoples Rights (ACHPR) in Zanzibar, Justice Ramadhan said people had expected to get comments on a number of matters from bar associations, such as the Tanzania Law Society (TLS)but in vain. He cited cases involving retired civil servants of the defunct East Africa Community who have been battling to get paid, and illegal deep sea fishing suspects from abroad, languishing behind bars for months, as some of the legal matters of public interest that the legal associations did not comment on. I have not heard members of the bar associations giving their views on such cases in promoting human rights, said justice Ramadhani who officially retires from his current position next Monday (December 20). He told the colloquium of leaders of the Bar associations from East Africa, that they, together with other advocates, had a great role in promoting Human Rights in the region and in Africa. The Tanzania CJ also asked bar associations in the region to market ACHPR, and advocate for transparency in judiciary systems in individual countries, including clear enrolment of advocates and recruiting retired judges to avoid breaching security of tenure. The two-day colloquium ended here yesterday with conflicting opinions on the rights of homosexuals. Mr Lloyd Kuveya, a lawyer from South Africa litigation centres observed that discriminating gays was violation of human right. Other participants just opted to say, It is a controversial issue.