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U.S. Dismayed by Harsh Sentence for Swazi Human Rights Lawyer and Journalist  

Posted by African Press International on July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

Marie Harf, Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

July 25, 2014

The United States is deeply dismayed by the sentencing of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and magazine editor Bheki Makhubu to two years in jail without the option of parole for a contempt of court conviction for publishing an article critical of the High Court of Swaziland.

Their already prolonged pretrial detention, conviction, and harsh sentence appear to be in conflict with Swaziland’s human rights obligations, particularly the right to freedom of expression, which is enshrined in Swaziland’s own constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The United States continues to support and defend freedom of expression and is gravely concerned by the actions of the Swazi Government.

 

SOURCE

US Department of State

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