Denmark questions Mswati on human rights

Denmark has raised the questions of political freedom, human rights, and the trial of political activists Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini with Swaziland’s government and absolute monarch King Mswati III, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Martin Lidegaard told the Danish Foreign Affairs Committee last Wednesday.

“Denmark has continuously raised the question of political freedom with Swaziland, most recently on the 5th of June 2014, when the Danish ambassador held political talks in the capital Mbabane with, amongst others, king Mswati III and [then] Minister of Foreign Affairs Mgwagwa Gamedze”, said Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Martin Lidegaard. Read more of this post

Musas mystiske skotøjsæske eksploderede

Musa Ngubeni_Studenterlederen Musa Ngubeni fra Swaziland insisterer på, at anklagerne mod ham for besiddelse af sprængstoffer er fabrikerede og politisk motiverede. Anklagemyndigheden har mere eller mindre bevidst forhalet retssagen i over tre år, fordi de reelt ingen beviser har mod ham, siger han.

”Den brune skotøjsæske har aldrig været fremvist i retten, så jeg forstår ikke hvorfor sagen imod mig fortsætter”, fortæller Musa Ngubeni mig. Æsken var angiveligt fuld af ledninger, sprængstoffer, og detonatorer, og anklageren hævder at den blev fundet nær Ngubenis hjem i Mbikwakhe i Swaziland i 2011, selvom æsken aldrig er blevet fremvist i retten. Read more of this post

Mystery brown shoe box keeps Musa in court

Musa NgubeniSwazi student leader Musa Ngubeni insists that the charges of possession of explosives against him are fabricated and political, and that the state has more or less deliberately stalled his case for over three years due to lack of evidence.

“The brown shoe box was never produced in court, so I am not really sure what I have to answer for in this case,” Musa Ngubeni tells me. He is speaking of a box full of wires, explosives and detonators that the Swazi state claims was found near his home in Mbikwakhe in 2011, but which the prosecution has failed to produce. Read more of this post

Maxwell freed, Musa found guilty

According to the Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice and PUDEMO, Swaziland Youth Congress Secretary General Maxwell Dlamini has been acquitted of the 2011 charges of contravening Swaziland’s Explosives Act.

Maxwell Dlamini’s co-accused in the 2011 case, Musa Ngubeni, was found guilty on circumstantial evidence and will appear before the magistrate again on September 10.

Maxwell Dlamini is still charged under section 4 and 11 of the Suppression of Terrorism Act for criticising the Swazi regime on May Day 2014, where he could face 15 years in prison if convicted. Read more of this post

Charged with terrorism for shouting “viva PUDEMO”

Mario Masuku (i midten) under et af retsmøderneSwazi activists Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini face terrorism charges and could serve 15 years in prison for expressing support for pro-democracy party the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO).

“If we have to go inside the prisons and be charged, I am the first one”. This was the prophetic statement of the Mario Masuku, the President of PUDEMO, on May Day in the tiny absolute monarchy of Swaziland.

Mario Masuku and youth leader Maxwell Dlamini, Mario Masuku were arrested shortly after having given speeches to approximately 7,000 people at the 2014 May Day event in Swaziland’s main commercial city, Manzini. Read more of this post

Anklaget for terrorisme for slagord 1. maj

Mario MasukuTo politiske aktivister fra det lille enevældige monarki Swaziland er anklaget for terrorismevirksomhed, fordi de udtrykte støtte for deres eget parti. De risikerer 15 år i fængsel.

Mario Masuku og Maxwell Dlamini er henholdsvis præsident og ungdomsleder i People’s United Democratic Front (PUDEMO), et forbudt parti eller bevægelse der kæmper for demokrati. De er anklaget under Swazilands Suppression of Terrorism Act, en lov der definerer terrorisme som enhver handling der ”er til fare for den nationale sikkerhed”. Read more of this post

Danish party supports Mario and Maxwell

MaxwellDanish democratic socialist party, the Red-Green Alliance, yesterday sent a statement of support for two imprisoned democracy advocates to Swaziland’s government.

President of the pro-democracy party, the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), Mario Masuku, and youth leader Maxwell were arrested on May Day, and subsequently charged with sedition – Masuku for expressing support for his own organization in a speech, Dlamini for allegedly shouting “viva PUDEMO”. They have been in prison since then, as they were denied bail. Read more of this post


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