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GALZ calls for the immediate release of Beatrice Mtetwa
Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ)
March 18, 2013

GALZ condemns the unwarranted arrest of Beatrice Mtetwa a prominent human rights lawyer in Zimbabwe. We are concerned about her continued detention facing charges of obstructing justice despite a court order for her release being granted.

The harassment of Beatrice is an attack on Zimbabwean women in general and a clear demonstration of the lack of respect for the role of lawyers in the structure of democratic society. It highlights the very difficult circumstances in which defenders of human rights defenders find themselves in discharging their duties.

We call on the government to ensure that lawyers are able to perform all of their professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference. We also call for her immediate release and that Government should ensure that lawyers are properly protected in compliance with its constitutional, regional and international law obligations.

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