We hope you will be willing to assist our partner at American University, the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, with the urgent request below.
Today we need your Twitter and Facebook help to share a video that the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law has launched to support our alum, Thulani Maseko (ILSP ’11) in prison in Swaziland. Together with the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, the ABA Center for Human Rights and an array of international NGOs we are launching the #SwaziJustice campaign to raise awareness of the case in the lead up to a hearing in the Supreme Court of Swaziland on November 3. More details of the case can be found at www.swazijustice.org or on the Center’s website.
We have produced a 3 minute video featuring Rev. Desmond Tutu, the actress Alfre Woodard, UN Special Rapporteurs Juan Mendez (torture) and David Kaye (freedom of expression), Kerry Kennedy as well as a wide array of human rights activists and luminaries, to support their cause. Please watch and share the video through your networks (direct link is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD95h23-Gr0) , “like” Swazi Justice on Facebook, tweet and retweet (and retweet) at #SwaziJustice, and go to www.swazijustice.org to find out more ways to take action.
Please spread the video through your personal networks (churches/mosques/synagogues, schools, professional networks, listservs, alumni associations, etc.) We are trying to make the video go viral and your help is essential!
Take action now to support Thulani and free speech in Swaziland by SHARING THIS VIDEO
I was Thulani’s faculty host at WCL and am awed by the brave work he’s done to promote basic human rights in his country, at great personal expense. I’m proud of our school and our alumni – and hope that you will help our colleague, whose only crime was speaking truth to power…
If you have more ideas about how to get this video out into the world, please a) go ahead and do it, and b) let me know if we can help!
For more of the specifics of the case go to www.swazijustice.org
Executive Director, Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law
American University Washington College of Law