November 20, 2015

Lesotho: Release 16 Remaining Detainees on Bail (UA 263/15)


The court martial of 23 members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) for mutiny charges has been postponed to 6 September. Sixteen of the accused remain in custody. The authorities continue to subject the detainees to ill-treatment.

1) Please continue to write in English or your own language:

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The court martial of 23 members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) for mutiny charges has been postponed to 6 September. Sixteen of the accused remain in custody. The authorities continue to subject the detainees to ill-treatment.

1) Please continue to write in English or your own language:

  • Urging the Lesotho authorities to immediately release the remaining 16 detainees on bail and to guarantee humane treatment for all 23 soldiers facing charges and to dissolve the court martial process, in light of the SADC Commission of Inquiry findings;
  • Calling for an end to the harassment and intimidation of the five lawyers representing the 23 soldiers and calling for the opening of a transparent investigation into their harassment, particularly the death threats.

2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.

3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact!

  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with “UA 263/15” in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent,
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.
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