Africa Contact meet with Danish Foreign Ministry on Swaziland

Representatives from Danish organization Africa Contact had a meeting with the Danish Foreign Ministry‘s Head of Section for the Department for Africa and Desk Officer on the 23rd of June to discuss the recent developments in Swaziland.

Africa Contact informed the two civil servants of the recent developments in Swaziland as seen through the eyes of Africa Contact’s partner organizations, namely that political activity in Swaziland had become a practical impossibility, that the Swazi regime had conducted multiple more or less arbitrary arrests of democracy movement activists, and that the regime was trying to brand the entire democratic movement terrorists. Africa Contact therefore asked the Danish Foreign Ministry to increase the pressure on the Swazi regime. There were many ways that such pressure  could be applied, both by directly informing the regime of their misgivings regarding the blatant human rights violations of the regime, but also less directly by e.g. having Danish or EU diplomats observe political trials involving democracy activists.

The two representatives from the Danish Foreign Ministry conceded that Swaziland was not a high priority for the Danish Foreign Ministry. The view of the Danish government seemed to be that the Danish government’s activities on Swaziland were mostly carried out together with the European Union, and that the European Union were becoming increasingly active in regards to Swaziland. Not having a Danish embassy in Swaziland impeded any activities that they might want to implement by themselves, they conceded, although they insisted that the embassy in Pretoria tried to keep themselves updated on the situation in Swaziland.

4 Responses to Africa Contact meet with Danish Foreign Ministry on Swaziland

  1. Jabu says:

    Swaziland is having serious financial problems and the Minister of finance has announced that he may not have enough funds to pay salaries for civil servants in October. The government has approached the European Union and the African Development Bank for assistance. This is the time to pressure the government to commit to a process of negotiations to resolve the human rights and democratisation problems of the country as a precondition to any form of assistance. The European Union is meeting in Brussels and the point must be made. Please help.

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