San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
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.
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Australian Human Rights Centre
The AHRCentre aims to promote public awareness and academic scholarship about domestic and international human rights standards, laws and procedures through research projects, education programs and publications. The Centre brings together practitioners, research fellows and student interns from Australia and internationally to research, teach and debate contemporary human rights issues. The Centre also publishes the Australian Journal of Human Rights and the Human Rights Defender and hosts a number of seminars and events each year.