Zimbabwe stemmer efter en valgkamp præget af valgfusk

”Der er flere end 2 millioner unge under 30 år som ikke kan stemme ved valget, over en million døde er på valglisten, 63 valgkredse har flere registrerede vælgere end indbyggere, og der er langt flere registrerede i landområderne end i byerne”, skriver Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU), en uafhængig Zimbabwisk NGO, i en ny rapport om valgprocessen før valget Zimbabwe i dag [den 31/7].

Da de unge i højere grad stemmer på præsident Mugabe’s modstandere, og da folk i landområderne primært stemmer på Mugabe, er dette et tegn på valgfusk til fordel for Mugabe’s ZANU-PF. Og RAU siger da også i rapporten, at disse tendenser er et problem for legitimiteten af Zimbabwes valgproces. Read more of this post

TUCOSWA-kampagne presser Swazilands regering

Afrika Kontakts kampagne for at legalisere fagbevægelsen i Swaziland virker tilsyneladende. Ifølge Swazilands forbudte fagbevægelse TUCOSWA, er det enevældige regime i Swaziland i hvert fald blevet mere tilbageholdende i forhold til at forstyrre deres møder.

Efter at TUCOSWA blev dannet sidste år, for at samle fagbevægelsen i Swaziland i en organisation, valgte regeringen i Swaziland  ikke at anerkende denne sammenslutning, i strid med reglerne i den Internationale Arbejdsorganisation, ILO, som landet ellers selv har tilsluttet sig. Read more of this post

Maxwell out on bail … again

Swazi youth leader Maxwell Dlamini was given bail yesterday after a second lengthy detention and several delays in his bail hearing. Maxwell was arrested in April by no less than 23 police officers, charged with sedition and participating in an unlawful activity. His “crime” was to organize and participate in a campaign that advocates the boycott of Swaziland’s sham elections later in the year.

As is the case with other political prisoners, Maxwell has been ill treated by both the police and by prison officers whilst in custody. According to Maxwell, he has been beaten whilst in prison and in 2011, prior to his ongoing trial where he is charged with offences under the Explosives Act, he was tortured, as both Maxwell and Amnesty International’s 2012 Annual Report have stated. Read more of this post

Danish congratulations to PUDEMO on anniversary

pudemoIn the last 30 years, the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) has been “the main force in fighting for democracy,” Danish solidarity organisation Africa Contact wrote in a press release in connection with PUDEMO’s 30th Anniversary.

PUDEMO has been the main proponent of “a broadly socialist and pro-poor political programme, and for ensuring the inclusion of the population at large in the political process,” Danish democratic socialist party and PUDEMO project partner the Red Green Alliance wrote in another press release. Read more of this post

COSATU and Africa Contact campaign demands unbanning of TUCOSWA

Today, Africa Contact launched an ACT NOW campaign to unban Swazi trade union federation, TUCOSWA, together with the Congress of South African Trade Unions and TUCOSWA.

“With this campaign, we wish to send a clear message to Swaziland’s government in general, and its Minister of Labour in particular, that the Swazi trade unions have the support of people throughout the world, who will not stand idly by and let the rights of workers in Swaziland be trampled underfoot,” says Africa Contact’s Chairperson, Mads Barbesgaard.

“Together with the ILO we demand that TUCOSWA is unbanned. TUCOSWA’s struggle is essential and epoch-making in ensuring that leaders in other countries are not inspired by Swaziland to undermine their countries’ labour rights.” Read more of this post

Unge aktivister sultestrejker i Swaziland

Bheki Dlamini, højtstående PUDEMO-medlem og præsident for PUDEMOs ungdomsorganisation SWAYOCO, og aktivist Zonke Dlamini startede en sultestrejke mandag for at få sat gang i deres retsag, skriver People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) i en pressemeddelelse i dag.

”De har været fængslet siden 2010, og blev i sin tid nægtet løsladelse mod kaution da staten hævdede at de ville få en hurtig dom. Men deres sag er blevet udsat gentagende gange af tvivlsomme årsager”, skriver PUDEMO.

“Jeg tror helt ærligt, at det at de ikke blev løsladt mod kaution var ment som en besked til andre aktivister”, siger deres advokat Mary Pais Da Silva. Read more of this post

Unban TUCOSWA, says ILO, unions, NGOs

After years of negotiations, Swaziland’s trade unions federations decided to merge into one organisation, the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA). The Swazi government chose not to recognise TUCOSWA, in violation of the rules of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) that Swaziland has ratified.

During its International Labour Conference in June, the ILO demanded that “the [Swazi] government should immediately proceed to the registration of TUCOSWA.” Until Swaziland’s government chooses to do so – something that won’t happen without pressure from within and outside Swaziland – the trade union movement in Swaziland, and thus Swazi workers, are left without a voice. Read more of this post