Maxwell Dlamini, President of the National Union of Students of Swaziland, was reported arrested and possibly tortured, in violation of international human rights conventions agreed to by his country’s government. CCS calls for his release.
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Maxwell Dlamini supporters launch campaign to free him, The Guardian, June 8, 2011
King Maswati III
Office of the King
PO Box 1
December 7, 2011
We are an independent organization of scientists, physicians, engineers and scholars devoted to the protection and advancement of human rights and scientific freedom for colleagues all over the world. We write now in concern for Maxwell Dlamini.
Mr. Dlamini is President of the Swaziland National Union of Students. We understand that he was arrested at a pro-democracy demonstration in April, 2011 and has been incarcerated ever since. There have been serious allegations in international academic and student publications that Dlamini has been tortured.
We believe that a violation of free expression has occurred, in the form of retaliation against a student for participating in a peaceful demonstration expressing legitimate concerns about the government in Swaziland. We further believe that all citizens of Swaziland have a basic human right to freedom of expression in all its peaceful forms, including demonstrations.
These actions of the Government of Swaziland appear to violate a number of international covenants protecting free speech, freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention and torture, to all of which Swaziland has acceded. These are the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant against Torture and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.
We therefore respectfully urge your intervention to free Mr. Dlamini.
We appreciate your attention to this important matter and look forward to your reply.
Co-Chairs, Committee of Concerned Scientists
Barnabas Sibuso Dlamini, Prime Minister
Themba Mauku, Deputy Prime Minister
Earl M. Irving, Deputy Chief of Mission