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Amal Clooney, human rights lawyer and co-president of the Clooney Foundation for Justice Amal Clooney, human rights lawyer and co-president of the Clooney Foundation for Justice / Credit: Shutterstock.com

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and the Clooney Foundation for Justice, founded by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and her husband, actor George Clooney, are weighing in on a case in Zimbabwe in which a prominent lawyer has been barred from defending her client, an investigative journalist.

“Zimbabwean authorities must allow lawyers to do their jobs rather than trying to gag them,”  Amal Clooney said in a statement. “Those facing prosecution in Zimbabwe, including journalists and peaceful protesters, are entitled to effective representation.”

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Jennigay Coetzer

Jennigay Coetzer is the Africa correspondent for Law.com International. She writes about lawyers and legal issues in South Africa and across the continent. Her coverage includes the business of law, global and domestic law firms, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. She can be reached at [email protected]

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