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Tanele Maseko

Swazi activist and wife of political prisoner and lawyer Thulani Maseko

Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanele Maseko is the wife of Thulani Maseko, a leading human rights lawyer imprisoned in Swaziland. After he was invited to speak at the Oslo Freedom Forum, Thulani Maseko, along with journalist Bheki Makubu, was arrested in March 2014 on “contempt of court” charges after questioning the independence of the country’s judicial system. Neither Maseko nor Makubu was granted access to legal counsel during the arraignment. In July, they were sentenced to two years in jail. Since his imprisonment, Tanele has been tirelessly advocating for her husband’s release, and the democratization of Swaziland, the last absolute monarchy in Africa.

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