Zimbabwe and the Rule of Law

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Weil Town Hall (1st floor, Belfer Building)


"Zimbabwe and the Rule of Law" 

a presentation by 

Beatrice Mtetwa

Zimbabwean lawyer
Advocate for those arrested or imprisoned by the Mugabe government


with introduction by

Charlie Clements

Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy


Ms. Mtetwa will talk about Zimbabwe’s recent (July) election and her own trial on the charge of “obstructing justice,” which is currently underway, as well as discussing her long-running effort to promote the rule of law in Zimbabwe.

Beatrice MtetwaBeatrice Mtetwa is a Zimbabwean lawyer who has been internationally recognized for her defense of journalists, human rights activists, and others arrested or imprisoned by the Mugabe government. In 2005, she won the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists. 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."She has also received awards from legal and other organizations, including the Inamori Ethics Prize and the American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Award. In 2009, she received the European Bar Human Rights Institute’s Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize, becoming only the second African—Nelson Mandela was the first, to receive that honor.