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Thor Halvorssen Mendoza Discusses Release of Swazi Prisoners


New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/24/2015 -- Thor Halvorssen Mendoza, a renowned human rights activist and founder of the HRF or Human Rights Foundation, recently discussed the release of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and journalist Bheki Makhubu in Swaziland. The release of these two men came after they had been sentenced to two years in jail in July 2014 for contempt of court for writing articles that were critical of the country's judicial system. The HRF deemed them to be prisoners of conscience and called for their release. Maseko was, at the time, scheduled to speak at the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum.

"Yesterday's decision by the Supreme Court of Swaziland is a great moment for Thulani Maseko and his family, and we are overjoyed that he will return home after 14 long months," said HRF president Thor Halvorssen. "However, that Maseko was held for over a year in a maximum security prison like a dangerous criminal simply for publishing an article is a reminder that his country continues to be ruled by a dictator-king. So the peaceful fight for a free and democratic Swaziland goes on."

Thor Halvorssen Mendoza and the HRF continue to fight for human rights across the globe.

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About Thor Halvorssen Mendoza
Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is a human rights activist and the founder and CEO of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF). This group is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes and protects global human rights and unites people in the common cause of promoting democracy. The group focuses on the founding ideals of the human rights movement represented in the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

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