Press Statement Maseko Makhubu Release

The United States Government celebrates the release of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and The Nation Magazine editor Bheki Makhubu after spending nearly fifteen months in prison for writing articles criticizing the Swazi judiciary.  Their release is a victory for the democratic principles of freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press.  We are pleased that the Swazi government has taken steps to uphold the rule of law and defend constitutional provisions regarding the protection and promotion of fundamental rights and freedoms.