Boykot vores vin siger sydafrikanske vinarbejdere

Robertson Winery vinflasker i Meny Søborg 24. august 2016_smSydafrikanske arbejdere på Robertson Winery, som leverer vin til flere danske vinforhandlere, strejker for retten til at være medlem af en fagforening og ordentlige forhold. De beder forbrugerne om at boykotte deres vin indtil det sker.

Mange danskere nyder en god flaske rødvin til aftensmaden. I stigende grad er denne flaske vin fra Sydafrika, blandt andet fra Robertson Winery, der ligger i et smukt og bjergrigt område i Western Cape. Read more of this post

Danmark vil prioritere støtte til kolonimagt

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Udenrigsministeriets Partnerskab for Dialog og Reform i Mellemøsten og Nordafrika vil fremme menneskerettighederne i området. Men hvordan kan UM samarbejde med Marokko, når man for nyligt frarådede danske firmaer at handle med landets koloni Vestsahara?

I et udkast til et programdokument for årene 2017-21, skal det nye Partnerskab for Dialog og Reform (tidligere kendt som det Arabiske Initiativ) støtte reformprocesser, menneskerettigheder og udvikling i Mellemøsten og Nordafrika (MENA-området), så området i højere grad kan blive ”demokratisk, stabilt og velhavende”. Read more of this post

Governments monitor activists via their smartphones

Hacking Team_Your government is potentially spying on you via your mobile, tablet or computer, especially if you are an activist fighting for human rights or democracy. So if you want your information safe from prying eyes and ears, you need to take precautions. Your cell phone monitors where you spend your time, and thereby where you live, visit friends and work. Social media and your browser reveal your interests, politics and a whole lot more. Read more of this post

Marokko bryder våbenhvile i Vestsahara

020311 Vestsahara 202smallMarokkanske tropper har krydset grænsen mellem det Marokkansk besatte område af Vestsahara, og den del af Vestsahara der er kontrolleret af landets oprindelige befolkning saharawierne ved landsbyen Guerguerat, nær grænsen til Mauritanien.

De marokkanske tropper brød dermed i princippet den våbenhvile, der har holdt en anspændt fred mellem Marokko og Afrikas sidste koloni Vestsaharas befrielsesbevægelse Polisario siden 1991. Parterne indstillede det år en krig der havde varet fra 1975, siden Marokko, efter kolonimagten Spaniens tilbagetrækning, havde invaderet Vestsahara. Read more of this post

Absolute monarchy assumes chairmanship of SADC

SADCSwaziland assumes the chairmanship of the Southern African Development Community for the first time ever on Wednesday, despite protests from Swaziland and abroad that the small absolute monarchy is not fit to chair the organisation.

The charter of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) clearly states that member states should observe basic human rights such as the right to strike and gender equality, and one of the main objectives of SADC is to support “regional integration, built on democratic principles,” something that SADC’s new chair Swaziland clearly does not. Read more of this post

Media workers protest against working conditions at king’s newspaper

MWUSMembers of the Media Workers Union of Swaziland (MWUS) have gathered near the offices of the Swazi Observer for several days to protest low wages, management intimidation and poor working conditions. The union was barred from holding an actual picket by Swaziland’s High Court.

Negotiations between the Swazi Observer, a newspaper in effect owned and controlled by absolute monarch King Mswati III, and MWUS had started in April, but no real progress has been made since they became deadlocked in June. Read more of this post

Powerless People’s Parliament

Mswati SibayaThe Sibaya ”People’s Parliament,” where Swaziland’s absolute monarch summons his subjects to the royal cattle byre to discuss pressing issues, was held over the last week.  Many issues were raised, but in previous years little has happened as a result of it.

“Raise grants for the elderly”. “Stop repossessing our land in Vuvulane”. “My kids go to bed hungry”.  “Ordinary people don’t have access to radio”. “Minimum wage should by 3000 emalangeni”. “We have no land, even though the constitution says every Swazi should have access to it”. “Cattle roam the streets and are causing accidents”. “The cabinet should be fired”. “Inequality causes division”. Read more of this post

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