The Use and Abuse of Anti-terrorism Laws in Africa

  • Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011
  • The CSIS Africa Program cordially invites you to attend:

    The Use and Abuse of Anti-terrorism Laws in Africa

    With:

    Thulani Maseko
    Human rights defender; Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow
    American University

    Maria Burnett

    Uganda Researcher, Africa Division
    Human Rights Watch

    Stephan Klingelhofer

    Senior Vice President
    International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
    Moderated by:

    Wednesday, June 8, 2011  10:00am - 11:30am
    B1 Conference Room B
    CSIS 1800 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

    The threat of terrorism in some parts of Africa and the resolve of the United States to defeat it has been used by some governments in the region to justify passing draconian anti-terror legislation.  In some instances, these laws have not only failed to protect suspects, they have been used as a politically useful tool against regime opponents. Thalani Maseko, an attorney from Swaziland, will discuss the use of his country’s Suppression of Terrorism Act to stifle political protest against the rule of King Mswati III, and his efforts to defend those who have fallen foul of that law.  Maria Burnett of Human Rights Watch will describe how the threat of terrorism in Uganda has opened the door to abusive practices such as illegal detention, torture, and the targeting of political opponents.  Steve Klingelhofer will provide an overview of the legislative trends on anti-terrorism in Sub Saharan Africa and discuss the implications for U.S. policy objectives in the region.
     

Location

B1 Conference Room B
Center for Strategic and International Studies
1800 K Street, NW
Washington DC, 20006