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CUF Secretary-General threatened with arrest as crackdowns continue in Zanzibar
Thursday 21 July 2016 16:07

Less than two weeks after the Secretary General of The Civic United Front (CUF – LI full-member), Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, was at LI headquarters in London to start a series of high-level meetings with political leaders in Europe and raise the alarm about the clampdown on human rights in Zanzibar, the Inspector General of Tanzania’s police force has threatened the liberal leader with arrest on suspicion of sedition.

Tensions have been raised in Zanzibar since the Tanzanian government declared a peaceful election, in which a CUF victory was anticipated, in October 2015 null and void. Responding to the claims of the Inspector General, CUF Director of Foreign Affairs, Ismail Jussa, explained: “The international community must… support democracy in Zanzibar.”

Continuing his tour, Sharif Hamad met with former LI President, Annemie Neyts, at Open VLD (LI full-member) headquarters in Brussels. The two liberals discussed plans for their participation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week.

During the meeting with Liberal International, the CUF Secretary-General reported the increase in state interference with civil society, especially around the closure of newspapers. In the previous week, the editor of a Zanzibari newspaper and the author of an article were called in by police for questioning simply for publishing an opinion piece on "police and rulers’ fear of relinquishing power".

 

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- LI Past President Annemie Neyts welcomes  Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad to Brussels

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