VIOLATIONS OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, THE RIGHT TO A FREE & FAIR TRIAL AND FREEDOM FROM ARBITRARY DENTION & ARREST IN SWAZILAND
Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu charged with criminal contempt of court in Swaziland for writing and publishing articles criticizing the judiciary
The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law, along with many other human rights institutions and governments, is gravely concerned regarding the serious violations of the human rights to freedom of expression, right to a free and impartial trial, freedom from arbitrary detention in the case of Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu in Swaziland, which holds the honor of being the last autocratically-ruled kingdom in sub-saharan africa under King Ngwenyama Mswati III.
Thulani Maseko is a Swazi human rights lawyer and graduate of American University Washington College of Law. Bheki Makhubu is a prominent journalist and the editor of the Nation magazine. These two men were arrested, detained, convicted of contempt of court, and sentenced to two years in prison, for exercising their fundamental human rights to freedom of expression in writing and publishing articles criticizing the judiciary in Swaziland.
The trial of Mr. Maseko and Mr. Makhubu violated their human rights to a free and fair trial by an impartial judiciary. Moreover, the imprisonment of Mr. Maseko and Mr. Makhubu is a violation of their rights to liberty and freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention. A full case summary is available here on our website. Below is a compilation of statements made on behalf of Mr. Maseko and Mr. Makhubu from across the globe, as well as news articles and other resources.
The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law called for the immediate acquital and release of Mr. Maseko and Mr. Makhubu in this statement.
- SIGN THIS PETITION
- WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER TO KING MSWATI III OF SWAZILAND
King of Swaziland, Head of State and Chief of Arm forces, MSWATI III, Royal Palace, Mbabane, Swaziland
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Statements, News Articles and Other Resources Regarding this Case
Current status of the trial: On July 25, 2014, Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu were sentenced to two years of prison following their conviction of contempt of court.
Full case summary, including links to some of the articles written and published by Mr. Maseko and Mr. Makhubu at issue in the case, are available here (last updated July 20, 2014). The closing statement that Mr. Thulani Maseko read during trial on June 5, 2014, is available here. The charge sheet is available here. An interim judgment (not the final judgment) in the case is available here.
Statements Made on Behalf of the Accused
News Articles about the Case
Click here for the search results on all recent articles related to the case.