The FXI is appalled to learn that the High Court in Mbabane, Swaziland has sentenced Bheki Makhubu

The Freedom of Expression Institute is appalled to learn that the High Court in Mbabane, Swaziland has sentenced Bheki Makhubu, editor of the independent news magazine The Nation, and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko to two years in prison for contempt of court despite continuing condemnation from the international community. The FXI maintains that this decision is a violation of the right to free expression and it undermines the respect for Swaziland’s human rights obligations; and it predominantly violates the right to freedom of expression, which is enshrined in Swaziland’s own constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as enshrined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Continue reading

CONVICTION OF SWAZILAND EDITOR AND LAWYER A VIOLATION OF THE RIGHT TO FREE EXPRESSION

The Freedom of Expression Institute is outraged by the decision of the High Court in Mbabane, Swaziland wherein both Bheki Makhubu, editor of the independent news magazine The Nation, and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko were convicted of contempt of court yesterday. The decision by the court is in violation of the right to free expression as enshrined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Such a precedent will curtail the right and along with it, the ability to speak truth to power in the Kingdom. Continue reading