oa Article 40 - Draft Zero and onwards : juvenile justice reform in Zanzibar

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



Zanzibar, comprising the islands of Unguja and Pemba off the coast of Tanzania, has a reputation as an exotic holiday destination due to its beautiful beaches and coral reefs. Also known as the spice islands, and for a rich historical heritage - under the Sultan of Oman, as a slave trading post, and as home to British explorer David Livingstone - Zanzibar now forms part of the United Republic of Tanzania. Yet it enjoys separate legislative powers in respect of certain non union matters, child welfare and juvenile justice being two such areas. With 'mainland' Tanzania having embarked on a lengthy and drawn out process of harmonisation of child law with international instruments, culminating in the Law of the Child of 2009, Zanzibar has followed its own path.

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