WASHINGTON, August 12, 2017 – The American Bar Association is deeply concerned by apparent threats to the independence of the legal profession in the United Republic of Tanzania. The Ministry of Constitutional and Legal Affairs has put forward a proposal to abolish the bar association of mainland Tanzania (officially known as the Tanganyika Law Society) and transfer primary regulation and oversight of the legal profession to the executive branch of the government of Tanzania. It is troubling that at the same time these proposed changes have been put forth, the current president of the Tanganyika Law Society is facing criminal charges for having publicly criticized the government. His trial is scheduled to commence later this month.
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