Freedom House Condemns Coup Attempt in Lesotho

Washington

As reports emerged on August 30 of an attempt by Lesotho's military to stage a coup that would remove a democratically elected government led by Tom Thabane, Freedom House issued the following statement:

"Freedom House strongly condemns the unconstitutional attempt by the army to remove Lesotho's democratically elected leaders from power,” said Vukasin Petrovic, Africa regional director at Freedom House. "Given Lesotho's painful experience of political violence following elections in 1998, we call on all sides to exercise restraint and to seek a peaceful solution. South Africa and SADC should play a supporting role that ensures a domestically-driven and sustainable outcome is brought about."

These events follow a period of political uncertainty in Lesotho and the suspension of the parliament by PM Thabane in June 2014.

Lesotho is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2014, and Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2014.

To learn more, visit:
Lesotho Court Decision Upholds Discrimination against Women
Freedom in the World 2014: Lesotho
Freedom of the Press 2013: Lesotho
Special Report: Politics of Judicial Independence in Lesotho
Blog: Freedom at Issue

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