Danmark er en del af løsningen for besat Vestsahara, siger MR-forkæmper

Der er fornyet håb for at Vestsahara-konflikten kan ende fredeligt, sagde menneskerettighedsforkæmper Ali Salem Tamek onsdag [24. april] under et besøg i Danmark, hvor han var inviteret af solidaritetsorganisationen Afrika Kontakt. ”Men det kræver handling fra lande som Danmark”.

Ali Salem Tamek er vicepræsident i Collective of Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA). Han har været fængslet fem gange af kolonimagten Marokko (der besatte Vestsahara i 1975), har sultestrejket i fængslet 29 gange i protest imod forholdene i fængslet, og hans kone er blevet voldtaget af marokkanske sikkerhedsstyrker fordi hun ikke ville udspionere sin mand.

Tamek betragtedes desuden som en samvittighedsfange af Amnesty International, Read more of this post

Africa Contact partnership seminar 2013: Working together in and for the future

An important forward-looking issue debated at Africa Contact’s partnership seminar, held in Johannesburg in April 2013, was how the partnership between Africa Contact and its partners should evolve.

Mcebisi Kraai from Masifundise (South Africa) and Africa Contact’s Marie Villumsen gave presentations on Africa Contact’s partnership approach, advocacy and networking.

Kraai argued that shared ideals and networking were vital for a successful partnership Read more of this post

Konflikttomater dukker igen op i Coop-butikker

Netop som udviklingsorganisationen CARE har givet COOP en pris for deres indsats, dukker tomater fra den marokkanske producent Azura igen op i Fakta-butikker i Danmark. Der står godt nok ”Marokko” som oprindelsesland, men mange marokkanske produkter – herunder tomater fra Azura – stammer ifølge rapporten ”Label and Liability”, udgivet af Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) og Svenske Emmaus, fra det besatte Vestsahara.

Coop lovede tilbage i 2009, at man ikke ville sælge flere konflikttomater og at Azura havde forsikret dem om at ingen af deres tomater var fra de besatte områder. Read more of this post

Maxwell arrested again

According to a source within the democratic movement, Secretary General of SWAYOCO Maxwell Dlamini and Secretary for International Affairs Sonkhke Dube were arrested this morning. “They have been arrested and are in the custody of the Royal Police. The charges are not clear. Both of them were arrested this morning,” the source says.

According to PUDEMO, “about 23 Police officers arrested SWAYOCO Secretary for International, Comrade Sonkhe Dube. He was arrested at Matsanjeni. This Government is in a serious mission to silence and send more threats to the entire glorious movement.”

Last time Maxwell Dlamini was arrested he was tortured by Swazi police and put on trial for possession of explosives, a case that has been postponed several times. Africa Contact led a campaign for his release that saw his release on bail. Read more of this post

Swaziland’s constitution guarantees freedom of speech

“Swaziland’s constitution guarantees the right to free speech,” senior civil servant Mads Mayerhofer from the Danish Minsitry of Foreign Affairs replied to a letter to Danish MP Christian Juel from the Red-Green Alliance.

The letter from Christian Juel to Mads Mayerhofer concerned the recent arrest and charge of sedition of Swazi trade unionist and political activist, Wonder Mkhonza, for the possession of 5000 political pamphlets – acts by the Swazi authorities that are evidently a breach of any meaningful interpretation of the concept of free speech. Read more of this post

People from around the world want to Free Wonder

Since the campaign to Free Wonder Mkhonza started on April 16, hundreds of people from around the world have petitioned Swaziland’s government to free him.

Trade unionist and pro-democracy activist Wonder Mkhonza was detained by Swazi police on Friday April 12 and later charged with sedition for being in possession of 5000 political pamphlets.

Nearly 400 people from Scandinavia and the rest of Europe, neighbouring South Africa and Africa in general, and as far away as the USA and Australia, have petitioned for his release in the first couple of days of the campaign. Many have left messages of support. Read more of this post

Bladredaktør i Swaziland idømt to års fængsel for kritik af retssystemet

Redaktøren for det lille enevældige kongedømme Swaziland’s eneste systemkritiske blad, The Nation, blev onsdag dømt til at betale over 100.000 kroner inden for tre dage. Ellers står han til to års fængsel.

Redaktøren, Bheki Makhubu, havde i to artikler kritiseret Swazilands retssystem, herunder beskyldt Swazilands højesteret for ikke at være uafhængig.

Denne uhørt hårde dom er endnu et bevis for at den grundlovssikrede ytringsfrihed, intet er værd i Swaziland. Read more of this post