On the morning of Friday, July 25, 2014, prominent human rights defenders Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu received two-year prison sentences, handed down by Judge Mpendulo Simelane in Swaziland. Maseko, a decorated human rights activist and lawyer, and Makhubu, a prominent editor and journalist, have been repeatedly detained for publishing articles that lamented continued threats to judicial independence in Africa’s last absolute monarchy.
On November 3, 2014 a hearing in the case is scheduled at the Supreme Court of Swaziland, in which charges could be dropped. Ahead of this date, the #SwaziJustice international advocacy campaign has been launched in order to raise worldwide attention and pressure for the release of Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu.
Watch the video based on the powerful defense statement written by Thulani Maseko in prision and take action in support of the campaign.
Read here the transcript of Thulani Maseko statement from prison: