Mass action to save AGOA begins in Lesotho – Government fails to; Protect Rule of law, Fight corruption, Reduce poverty and Protect human rights

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Alliance of Non-State-Actors and Political Party Youth Leagues will embark into a mass action campaign aiming to put pressure on Lesotho government to work towards meeting term as conditions to qualify for African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) which provided about 40 000 jobs in the country.

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Representatives of Alliance of Non-State-Actors and Political Party Youth Lesotho at a Press Conference today

Mass action to save AGOA begins in Lesotho – Government fails to; Protect Rule of law, Fight corruption, Reduce poverty and Protect human rightsTriggering the mass action are some of the points on a letter written to the Minister of Trade and Industry Joshua Setipa by Mr. Micheal Froman who is the Executive president in the Office of the United States of America (USA) Trade Representative.

The Alliance in a statement issued this morning at a press conference in Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho, made the following quote;

“That during the [AGOA] eligibility review… the United States Government identified serious concerns about the Government of Lesotho’s adherence to certain AGOA criteria…”

“… the             United States review committee noted that there have been a number of cases of extrajudicial killings and violence reportedly linked to Lesotho’s military forces for which there have been no apparent prosecutions, raising questions about Lesotho’s adherence to AGOA criteria relating to respect for human rights and rule of law. There also appears to be credible reports of torture by Lesotho’s military forces for which no one has apparently been held accountable, raising further such questions”.

According to the Alliance the US government has on numerous occasions met with the government of Lesotho during 2016 to discuss AGOA’s prospects and the people of Lesotho have not been privy to the discussion. In this regard, therefore, Alliance invites the people of Lesotho to join a protest march on the 27th November, 2016 , to petition the country’s Prime Minister demanding a progress report on meeting the eligibility criteria.

A progress report demanded despite the Trade Minister social media reports that, “the people of Lesotho interest were protected”.

Setipa reports on AGOA were inaccurate and the Alliance finds the PM as the right authority to provide an accurate report.

 

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