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Watch the new interview with Jestina Mukoko, a civil society activist from Zimbabwe, on the Freedom Collection. A former television journalist, Jestina cofounded the Zimbabwe Peace Project, a nongovernmental organization that monitors and documents political violence in Zimbabwe. In 2008, she was abducted, held incommunicado, and tortured by state agents for her activism. In her interview, Jestina Mukoko describes her harrowing ordeal and the aftereffects of her imprisonment. But she remains committed to her work, saying, “I think as a human rights defender, one can never be very safe in Zimbabwe, because we are always considered to be agents of regime change. And yet, the work that I do is very clear, that I am concerned about the violence that affects Zimbabweans by other Zimbabweans.” Watch her interview here. This post was written by Lindsay Lloyd, Program Director of the Freedom Collection.
Lindsay Lloyd is the Deputy Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, where he manages original research and programmatic efforts to advance freedom and democracy in the world. Lindsay currently leads the Bush Institute’s Freedom in North Korea project, which raises awareness of human rights violations in North Korea, proposes new policy solutions, and engages leaders to help improve the lives of the North Korean people. Lindsay is also responsible for managing the Freedom Collection, a multimedia archive that documents the stories of nonviolent freedom advocates from around the word.
Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Lindsay served for 16 years at the International Republican Institute (IRI), most recently as senior advisor for policy. Previously, he was IRI’s regional director for Europe and co-director of the regional program for Central and Eastern Europe, which was based in Slovakia. At IRI, Lindsay worked with candidates, elected officials, political parties, and civil society activists to develop lasting democratic institutions.
Before joining IRI, Lindsay worked for several members and the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, as political director for a political action committee, and for Jack Kemp’s 1988 presidential campaign. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.Full Bio
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