Fattige bønders huse ødelagt for at gøre plads til videnskabspark

Bytn4eSCEAAxKnEMindst tyve familiers huse er indtil videre blevet jævnet med jorden af bulldozere i det nordøstlige Swaziland. Landets enevældige konge skal bruge jorden til en videnskabspark til turister.

”Hvorfor må jeg lide på denne måde, hvorfor har de taget alt fra os”, spørger Sonto Dlamini med tårer i øjnene en journalist fra Times of Swaziland. Hun er eneforsørger for adskillige børn og børnebørn, og har måttet sove på jorden på tom mave, ved siden af resterne af sit hus og alle sine ejendele. 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

Mlungisi challenges anti-terror law in court

Swaziland’s Suppression of Terrorism Act is a “flawed” and “inherently repressive” piece of legislation, according to Amnesty International. Mlungisi Makhanya, who has been charged under the act for wearing a t-shirt, is challenging it in court.

“The Terrorism Act’s definition is ridiculously overboard,” says Mlungisi Makhanya. “It does not follow international norms on the combat of terrorism”. He is the Secretary General of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) in the tiny absolute monarchy of Swaziland, a political party that is seen as a terrorist organization according to the country’s Suppression of Terrorism Act. Read more of this post

Befri samvittighedsfanger i Swaziland

People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), en demokrati-bevægelse i det lille enevældige kongedømme Swaziland, kræver i en ny international kampagne alle samvittighedsfanger i landet frigivet.

I en pressemeddelelse, skriver PUDEMO at landets regime har bekæmpet PUDEMO og andre demokratiforkæmpere med brutale arrestationer, forfølgelse, tvungen eksil, og i visse tilfælde ved at myrde dem. ”Landet er et stort åbent fængsel, men den royale terror og tortur har ikke stoppet vores og befolkningen ønske om frihed”. 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

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