Lesotho

Workers embark on national strike, parliament recommends withdrawal of restrictive law

Over a period of three weeks, starting on 10th May 2021, more than 50 000 factory workers in Lesotho embarked on national strike action following the government’s failure to review wage increases in the past two years; parliament recommends withdrawal of the Computer Crime and Cybercrime Bill of 2021, and the Communications (Subscriber Identity Module and Mobile Device Registration) Regulations of 2021. Read more

Workers embark on national strike, parliament recommends withdrawal of restrictive law

Police brutality a continuing crisis, COVID-19 related protests documented

As the country went into lockdown to curb COVID-19, images emerged on social media showing brutality by security forces while enforcing the lockdown restrictions; As COVID-19 and its economic effects began to be felt by workers and small business people, several strikes and protests by different groups were reported. Read more

Police brutality a continuing crisis, COVID-19 related protests documented

Opposition supporters demonstrate to demand resignation of prime minister

Opposition supporters protest in Maseru to demand the resignation of the Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane, citing failure to respect rule of law Read more

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Opposition supporters demonstrate to demand resignation of prime minister

Lesotho High Court ruling: criminal defamation is unconstitutional

On 21st May 2018, the High Court of Lesotho declared the offense of criminal defamation unconstitutional. Read more

 Lesotho High Court ruling: criminal defamation is unconstitutional

Harassment and intimidation of journalists as political instability continues

Ahead of the 3rd June 2017 general elections in Lesotho, The Southern Times reported a state crackdown on radio stations and threats against journalists. Read more

Harassment and intimidation of journalists as political instability continues

Lesotho's media restricted during turbulent political times

On 14th February 2017, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) boycotted World Radio Day Commemorations to show solidarity with People’s Choice (PC) and Tšenolo FM private radio stations, both of which had been taken off the air by the government the previous week. Read more

Lesotho's media restricted during turbulent political times

Uncertainty over US trade deal sees 20,000 protest in Lesotho

In early December an estimated 20,000 workers staged a demonstration to save the Lesotho's African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) status with the United States of America. Read more

Uncertainty over US trade deal sees 20,000 protest in Lesotho

Authorities in Lesotho attempt to block social media

In November, it emerged that authorities in Lesotho are attempting to shut down social media platforms. Read more

Authorities in Lesotho attempt to block social media

Journalist shot as authorities and military attempt to curtail dissent

One journalist was shot and his colleagues harrassed and forced into exile because of stories written about the army. Read more

Journalist shot as authorities and military attempt to curtail dissent