Teenager tvunget til at gifte sig med enevældig konge

19-årige Siphelele Mashwama blev tvunget til at afbryde sine studier i New York, for at blive gift med Swazilands enevældige kong Mswati III, skriver Swaziland News.

Siphelele Mashwana blev ifølge Swaziland News narret til at rejse til Swaziland sidste år af sine forældre, som ifølge avisen havde planlagt at lokke hende til Swaziland sammen med kong Mswati. Han havde været i New York for at tale ved FN’s Generalforsamling. Read more of this post

Stop udplyndringen af Vestsahara, Jacinda

New Zealands premiereminister Jacinda Ardern talte om menneskerettigheder og internationalt samarbejde i FN i sidste uge. Men hvad vil hun gøre ved New Zealandske firmaers import af fosfat fra det besatte Vestsahara?

Jacinda Ardern fik masser af medieomtale, da hun talte ved FN’s generalforsamling i New York i sidste uge. Både fordi hun havde sin baby med, fordi hun er den yngste kvindelige leder nogensinde, og fordi hendes tale, der fokuserede på menneskerettigheder og internationalt samarbejde, blev set som et modsvar til Donald Trumps tale. Read more of this post

Stop Western Sahara plunder, Jacinda

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern spoke of human rights and international cooperation at the UN. But what will she do about the fact that two New Zealand companies are the last buyers of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara?

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attracted a lot of media attention at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week. Read more of this post

Valgobservatører kritiserer valg i Swaziland

Valget i Swaziland i sidste uge forløb roligt, men var især skæmmet af manglende ytringsfrihed, en mangelfuld tredeling af magten, og at politiske partier er forbudt, skriver den Afrikanske Union i en pressemeddelelse.

Lederen af valgobservatørerne fra den Afrikanske Union, tidligere præsident for Seychellerne James Michel, opfordrede Swaziland til at ophæve et dekret fra 1973, der blandt andet gør det ulovligt for politiske partier at deltage i valg i landet. Read more of this post

Swazi police shoot at demonstrators

Several workers were badly injured from beatings, rubber bullets and teargas fired by police in riot gear during demonstrations for better wages and working conditions in Swaziland on Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of people had stayed home from work and taken to the streets of Swaziland’s capital Mbabane, commercial centre Manzini, and smaller towns Nhlangano and Sitiki in demonstrations led by trade union congress TUCOSWA. Read more of this post

Swazis want democracy not just elections

Swaziland will hold national elections on Friday amid waves of strikes and protests. A new survey from Afrobarometer shows that few Swazis believe that they are free to speak their mind or that Swaziland is a proper democracy.

Swaziland could be heading for its lowest turn-out ever at a national election on Friday, with only a little over 25 percent of eligible voters voting in the first round of elections in August. Read more of this post

Land is power in Swaziland

A new Amnesty International report focuses on forced evictions of poor farmers in Swaziland carried out by local police. Land and forced evictions are central to Swaziland’s undemocratic system, says an activist who grew up in Swaziland’s rural areas.

“Land is life”, a new Amnesty International report on forced evictions in Swaziland called “They don’t see us as people” declares. This is to be taken very literally in the small absolute monarchy, as “the majority of the population rely on substance farming” to feed themselves. Read more of this post