OHCHR / ESWATINI HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk today condemned the brutal killing of leading Eswatini human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko, who was shot dead in his home on 21 January in the presence of his wife and children, a spokesperson said. OHCHR

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DATELINE: 23 JANUARY 2023, NAIROBI, KENYA / RECENT

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10 JANUARY 2023 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Palais Wilson building

23 JANUARY 2023, NAIROBI, KENYA

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Seif Magango, Spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR): “The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk today condemned the brutal killing of leading Eswatini human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko, who was shot dead in in his home on 21 January the presence of his wife and children. Thulani Maseko was a stalwart of human rights who, at great risk to himself, spoke up for many who couldn’t speak up for themselves. We at the UN Human Rights Office offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. His cold-blooded killing has deprived Eswatini, Southern Africa and the world of a true champion and advocate for peace, democracy and human rights. We call on the authorities in the Kingdom of Eswatini to ensure a prompt, independent, impartial, and effective investigation is held into his killing, in accordance with the Eswatini Constitution and international human rights law, and to hold all those responsible to account in fair trials. The authorities must also ensure the safety and security of all Eswatini people, including human rights defenders, journalists and political activists, and to protect civic space.”

13 JANUARY 2023, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

3. Med shot, Palais Wilson building



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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk today (23 Jan) condemned the brutal killing of leading Eswatini human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko, who was shot dead in his home on 21 January in the presence of his wife and children, a spokesperson said.

Seif Magango, OHCHR' spokesperson, said, “Thulani Maseko was a stalwart of human rights who, at great risk to himself, spoke up for many who couldn’t speak up for themselves. We at the UN Human Rights Office offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. His cold-blooded killing has deprived Eswatini, Southern Africa and the world of a true champion and advocate for peace, democracy and human rights.”

He urged, “We call on the authorities in the Kingdom of Eswatini to ensure a prompt, independent, impartial, and effective investigation is held into his killing, in accordance with the Eswatini Constitution and international human rights law, and to hold all those responsible to account in fair trials.”

Magango also said, “The authorities must also ensure the safety and security of all Eswatini people, including human rights defenders, journalists and political activists, and to protect civic space.”

Maseko was the Chairperson of the Multi-Stakeholder Forum, an umbrella association of Civil Society Organisations, Business and Trade Unions, Political Parties, Faith Based Organisations and Women's Organisations that advocates for a peaceful transition to multi-party democracy in Eswatini.

At the time of his death, Maseko was one of the legal representatives of two members of parliament facing trial for offences allegedly committed during the civil unrest that rocked the Kingdom in 2021.

In 2015, he was acquitted on appeal and released from a year in detention for allegedly criticizing the judicial system.
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