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Jul 29

Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law

Due to copyright constraints, the video above contains only the panel discussion following this screening.

Join us for this special documentary film


Beatrice Mtetwa grew up on a farm in Swaziland without electricity or running water. Her father had six wives; she is the eldest daughter of 50 children. After graduating from university in Scotland, Beatrice attended law school at the University of Botswana. She moved to Zimbabwe shortly after it gained independence in the mid-1980s. 

Beatrice’s first job was prosecuting cases for the new government of Robert Mugabe. Within a matter of years, however, she left her job disillusioned with the “selective justice” involving many of the cases. Beatrice opened her own law firm representing defendants victimized by the repressive government. 

Beatrice Mtetwa is the recipient of several international awards including: the Inamori Prize for Ethics, the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the International Human Rights Award from the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. She is the only African besides Nelson Mandela to receive the Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize from France.

Followed by a conversation between
Lorie Conway, Writer, Producer and Director, and
Jeffrey T. Smith, Advocacy Officer, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights

Click here to view the trailer for Beatrice Mtetwa & the Rule of Law
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Charlotte Florance Charlotte Florance

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