Lesotho: Turn a new chapter: A human rights agenda for the new Lesotho government

In October 2022, Lesotho elected new leaders who are faced with addressing a history marked by repeated human rights violations and a culture within the country’s security forces where impunity has become pervasive. During his inauguration in October as Lesotho’s new Prime Minister, Sam Matekane vowed to undertake reforms, to prevent and combat corruption and make public service transparent, accountable and effective. If the Prime Minister is indeed committed to making public service transparent, accountable, and effective, his government should start with promptly, thoroughly, independently, transparently and effectively investigating cases of excessive use of force by security forces in Lesotho.

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