AHRCentre Annual Lecture: Beatrice Mtetwa and the rule of law

Event date: 
22 May 2014
6:30pm to 8:00pm
The Law Theatre (G04), Law Building
Human Rights, The Rule of Law, and Zimbabwe
Beatrice Mtetwa
Human Rights Lawyer, Zimbabwe

Beatrice Mtetwa is a Zimbabwean lawyer who has been internationally recognised for her defence of human rights campaigners, lawyers, journalists, NGOs, and opposition candidates. The New York Times has described her as "Zimbabwe's top human rights lawyer." Ms Mtetwa has been a prominent champion of fundamental freedoms in Zimbabwe, against significant odds. In 2013, she was arrested, beaten and finally acquitted on charges of "obstructing justice and being unruly to the police." 

In 2005, she won the International Press Freedom Award. The award citation stated that "in a country where the law is used as a weapon against independent journalists, Mtetwa has defended journalists and argued for press freedom, all at great personal risk." Ms Mtetwa has also been awarded the Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize for her “defence of human rights in the world” and the Human Rights Award of the American Bar Association.

The lecture will include a screening of an abridged version of Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law, and will be followed by a drinks and canapés reception.