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Rights violations probed

The delegation comprised Swaziland High Court judge, Justice Thomas Masuku, International Commission for Jurists (ICJ) director Arnold Tsunga and ICJ consultant and academic Berita Kopolo. Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Tsunga said the results of the fact-finding mission would soon be made public.

Members of the delegation held meetings with human rights activists and media practitioners. “Media practitioners are part of human rights defenders and they can be targeted because of their work which promotes the right to freedom of expression,” said Tsunga.

Media practitioners and human rights activists in the country face constant harassment from law enforcement agents under draconian legislation such as Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Public Order and Security Act, Criminal Defamation and Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The fact-finding mission was a follow up on the conclusions and recommendations which came out from the 2008 mission, in the context of the government of national unity set up in 2009.

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