Højesteretsdommer kører personlig vendetta imod advokat og redaktør i Swaziland

En menneskerettighedsadvokat og redaktøren for Swazilands eneste uafhængige politiske magasin blev tirsdag tilbageholdt og anklaget for foragt for retten – for at have skrevet artikler der kritiserede landets retssystem og landets højesteretsdommer.

Det er mere eller mindre almindelig praksis i Swaziland at retsforfølge enhver der åbent stiller spørgsmålstegn ved landets enevældige monarki. Read more of this post

Swaziland: PUDEMOs kongres viser vejen frem

Enhedslistens partner i Swaziland, det forbudte politiske parti People’s United Democratic Front (PUDEMO), afholdt deres årlige kongres i weekenden den 21.-23. februar. Under kongressen skulle man blandt andet vælge en ny ledelse, diskutere organisationens strategi for at sikre flerpartidemokrati og social retfærdighed i Afrikas sidste enevældige monarki, samt debattere og opdatere organisationens politikker til efter at dette er opnået.

Kongressen genvalgte præsidenten Mario Masuku, men valgte flere nye ind i ledelsen, herunder en ny vicepræsident, Read more of this post

Youth league President acquitted of terrorist charges in absolute monarchy

Bheki Dlamini, President of the Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO), the youth wing of Swaziland’s largest illegal political party PUDEMO, and former education and mobilizing officer of the Foundation for Socio Economic Justice, has been acquitted of charges of terrorism and released from prison today after a protracted trial that saw him spending over three years in prison.

Speaking to a crowd that had gathered at Sidwashini Prison, waiting for his release, Bheki said “me walking out of prison does not mean freedom. This was a small jail and I’m walking out to a bigger jail until we attain freedom. Comrades let’s go work.” Read more of this post

New book points towards a new Swaziland

There are not enough books coming out of Swaziland to describe what is after all a unique culture and society that is, in its present absolute-monarchy-dictated form, in many ways brutally detrimental and stifling to its population.

Literature from Swaziland, in both English and siSwati, is a relatively recent phenomenon and those who have had the courage to challenge the status quo of poverty and repression in Swaziland in their fiction, such as Sarah Mkhonza, have often been harassed, ordered to stop, and exiled. Read more of this post

The true face of injustice in Swaziland

Often the true extent of poverty and injustice is hidden behind the euphemism of impassive figures and statistics. Such a generalized picture can easily be misleading and desensitizing, however, if it is not qualified by concrete and personal accounts that reveal the true and emotive extent of poverty and injustice in the world.

The story of a young man, Thembinkosi Ngcamphalala, whom I met briefly in rural Swaziland last October is such an account. A bright and spirited young man who had done well in school and had a promising future, who suffered a cruel and ultimately fatal injustice at the hands of a repressive and inhumane regime. Read more of this post

Swazier revser landets udemokratiske regering

Swaziland’s enevældige konge, og hans håndplukkede regering, har længe hævdet at indbyggerne i det lille afrikanske kongedømme er glade for landets udemokratiske system og styreform, og at regeringen forsøger at forbedre forholdene for landets mange fattige. Demokratibevægelsen og civilsamfundet, derimod, har altid hævdet det modsatte.

Men nu har meningsmålinger, foretaget af det uafhængige researchinstitut Afrobarometer, vist at borgerne i Swaziland er endog meget utilfredse med landets styreform, samt kongens og regeringens korrupte varetagelse af denne. Read more of this post

Police break up Mandela memorial in absolute monarchy

Leaders and dignitaries from all over the world took part in a memorial for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday in Johannesburg. And all over the world, local memorial services are being held to enable ordinary people to mourn the passing of, and celebrate the life of, Mandela.

All over the world, but not in South Africa’s neighbouring country, the small absolute monarchy of Swaziland, where police today broke up a memorial prayer service at the Lutheran Church in Manzini organised by the Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF), “by brute force.” Read more of this post

Mere handling og mindre slogans om vold mod kvinder, siger NGO’er fra Swaziland

”Vi har råbt nok slogans, vi har haft nok møder og workshops om kapacitetsopbygning, og holdt marcher der fordømte vores samfunds dårligdomme”, skriver Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice (FSEJ) fra det lille konservative enevældige kongedømme Swaziland, i en pressemeddelelse i forbindelse med den verdensomspændende ”16 dage mod vold mod kvinder”-kampagne.

Kampagnen der er en international kampagne, der forsøger at rette fokus mod vold mod kvinder som et menneskerettighedsspørgsmål, startede den 25. november og slutter den 10. december. Tusinder af organisationer i over 150 lande deltager i kampagnen. Read more of this post

Swazier på besøg under kommunalvalg

”I mit land, Swaziland, kan de lokale myndigheder ikke implementere deres egne politikker, fordi kongen kontrollerer alt. Under kommunalvalget i Danmark, derimod, så vi hvordan valgprocessen er velorganiseret og gennemsigtig, og hvordan politikerne er ansvarlige overfor befolkningen”, fortæller Mario Masuku.

Han er præsident for det forbudte People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), som er det største parti i det lille enevældige monarki Swaziland, og han besøgte sammen med organisationssekretæren Wonder Mkhonta Danmark i denne uge, for bl.a. at følge kommunalvalget. Read more of this post

PUDEMO follows Danish municipal elections

“I am surprised that Danish political parties are always looking for consensus. The ownership and respect for the process by the Danish people shows – why can’t we learn from that. We come from the old British political system where we are always contesting.” The President of Swaziland’s largest political party, the People’s United Democratic Movement, Mario Masuku, is speaking from a polling station in Gladsaxe, a suburb of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen.

Together with PUDEMO’s Organising Secretary, Wonder Mkhonta, he visited Denmark this week to follow the municipal elections. The two Swazis were invited by the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy and the Danish political party the Red-Green Alliance. Read more of this post

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