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Thulani Maseko

Thulani Maseko

HRD, Lawyer & Member
Lawyers for Human Rights Swaziland

If truth be told, this trial is about the prosecution and persecution of the aspirations of the people of this land to determine their own destiny, democratically and freely.

Thulani Maseko is a member of both Lawyers for Human Rights Swaziland and the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network. He is currently serving a two year sentence in connection with articles he wrote for Nation's Magazine, denouncing the lack of judicial independence in Africa's last absolute monarchy. He has routinely criticized the Swazi king's control of the country's courts, and called for a more democratic legal system in Swaziland.

The Kingdom of Swaziland has the distinction of being sub-Saharan Africa's last remaining absolute monarchy. Rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly are regularly violated, with arbitrary arrests and excessive force used to crush political protests. Torture and other ill-treatment is a persistent concern.


Thulani Maseko at CSIS - American University