October 20, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Lesotho Soldiers At Risk Facing A Fresh Trial (Lesotho: UA 263.15)


The Court Martial of the Lesotho Defence Forces (LDF) soldiers facing mutiny charges been postponed. The soldiers fear that if this happens without due legal process, a fresh Court Martial could be set up despite the fact that a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Commission of Inquiry found the mutiny charges against them to be suspect.

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The Court Martial of the Lesotho Defence Forces (LDF) soldiers facing mutiny charges been postponed. The soldiers fear that if this happens without due legal process, a fresh Court Martial could be set up despite the fact that a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Commission of Inquiry found the mutiny charges against them to be suspect.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on the Lesotho authorities to ensure that decision to dissolve the Court Martial should not risk the constitutional right to redress for the 23 LDF soldiers;
  • Urging them to promote and ensure the right to fair trial of the LDF soldiers charged with mutiny;
  • Calling on them to urgently conduct an independent and impartial investigation into allegations of torture and ensure that anyone suspected to be responsible is brought to justice in fair trials and without a recourse to the death penalty, and that those found to have been subjected to torture or other ill-treatment receive reparation.

Contact these two officials by 1 December, 2017:

Minister of Defence and National Security
Senlte Lebona
Ministry of Defence and National Security
Private Bag A166
MASERU 100
Lesotho
Salutation: Honourable Minister

Ambassador Prof. Eliachim Molapi Sebatane,
Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho
2511 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202.797.5533 I Fax: 202.234.6815
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 263.15

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