Maseru – Transformation Resource Centre TRC called upon the recent 58th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights to urge government to resolve the issue of security in the country and commit to implementing Southern African Development Community Recommendations.
Addressing the press in Maseru TRC Human Rights Officer Mr. Lepeli Moeketsi said the meeting was held in Gambia where they asked the Commission to instruct Lesotho to create conditions for the deliberate and systematic implementation of long term Recommendations.
They also urged the Commission to task Lesotho to produce a clear roadmap for the implementation of the SADC recommendations as per the SADC Communiqué of January 18th 2016 as it relates to the amnesty and release of detained soldiers charged with mutiny, as well as the return of exiled opposition leaders and army personnel.
According to Mr. Moeketsi they also talked about removal of hurdles in the way of concluding all pending criminal investigations, including those into the death of Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao, as well as respecting separation of powers and judicial independence by desisting from committing acts which compromise such independence.
They also asked the Commission to speed up the establishment of a Human Rights Commission that is fully compliant with the Paris Principles, and to amend the current Human Rights Commission Bill so as to render the Commission more independent in line with those Principles.