Posts Tagged ‘attorney general’

Swaziland: Human Rights Abuser Dlamini set to become Prime Minister, again

October 25, 2013

An Opinion post in allAfrica.com of 23 October alerts us that Swaziland‘s King Mswati III is expected to reappoint Barnabas Dlamini, as his Prime Minister, despite his appalling civil rights record. The king has summoned his subjects to the Cattle Byre at Ludzidzini for ‘sibaya’, a people’s parliament which he claims is the supreme policy making body in Swaziland. At the meeting on Monday 28 October 2013, King Mswati is expected to announce his choice of PM. [The king rules Swaziland as absolute monarch and chooses the PM and the government, as well as the majority of members of the Senate.] ..Dlamini’s record shows him as a hard man with little regard for human rights. He supports the king in his desire to stop all dissent and brand oppositions as terrorists. He banned four pro-democracy organisations. His Attorney General Majahenkhaba Dlamini told Swazis affiliated with the political formations to resign with immediate effect or feel the full force of the law. Under the Suppression of Terrorism Act STA members and supporters of these groups could face up to 25 years in jail. Under the draconian provisions of the STA, anyone who disagrees with the ruling elite faces being branded a terrorist supporter.

via allAfrica.com: Swaziland: Human Rights Abuser Set to Be P.M. Page 1 of 2.

American Bar Association Writes to Nigerian Justice Minister about HRDs

September 21, 2013

In the Guardian of Nigeria of 21 September, Joseph Okoghenun writes that the American Bar Association [ABA] yesterday expressed their disappointments on the inability of the Nigerian Government to enforce rule of law and respect the rights of Nigerians, especially of those defending human rights in the country.  In letter specifically addressed to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, the Center for Human Rights of the ABA, said it was deeply  “concerned at recent events in Nigeria that threaten the rights and activities of human rights defenders and undermine the rule of law.” The letter cited several reports it received from Nigerian NGO Civil Liberties Organisation [CLO] about conduct that “reflect a pattern of ongoing human rights abuses by security forces in Nigeria, including extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, and extortion”. The ABA strongly but respectfully urged the minister of justice  to look into this matter.

via American Lawyers Write Justice Minister, Seek Enforcement Of Human Rights.