Socialist Youth call for democracy in Swaziland now

The International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) is calling for governments, regional bodies and multilaterals to pressurize the Swazi regime to introduce multiparty elections in the absolute monarchy of Swaziland.

“We are appealing to democratic governments, regional bodies, and multilateral institutions to raise the issue of Swaziland and hold the authoritarian regime accountable. We call for political and economic pressure on the regime … [and] a peaceful transition to democracy,” the IUSY wrote in a resolution passed at the IUSY World Council held in Rosario, Argentina last week. Read more of this post

Den Afrikanske Union vil mægle mellem Vestsahara og Marokko

Den Afrikanske Union vil mægle direkte mellem to af unionens medlemslande, Vestsahara og Marokko, for at sikre den folkeafstemning om Vestsaharas tilhørsforhold, som den marokkanske koloni er blevet lovet siden 1991.

Vestsahara-konflikten har mere eller mindre stået i stampe siden våbenhvilen mellem Vestsaharas befrielsesbevægelse Polisario og Marokko i 1991, efter at Marokko invaderede landet i 1975, og de to lande var i krig i 16 år. Read more of this post

African Union to mediate between Western Sahara and Morocco

The African Union will facilitate direct talks between two of its member states, Western Sahara and Morocco, in order to secure a referendum on the status of Western Sahara, a territory that has been colonized by Morocco since 1975.

The Western Sahara conflict has been unresolved and in a deadlock more or less since the ceasefire between Western Sahara’s liberation movement Polisario and Morocco in 1991. Read more of this post

South African farmworkers get Norwegian award

The Commercial Stevedoring and Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU) have won the Norwegian Artur Svenssons 2017 international award, for fighting poor conditions in South African wineries.

The award, that includes a 740.000 rand prize, is awarded by Norwegian trade union confederation Industri Energi, who organizes workers in the Norwegian oil-, gas- and land-based industries. The confederation has 60.000 members. Read more of this post

Sydafrikanske vinarbejdere får norsk pris med dansk islæt

Den sydafrikanske fagforening for vin- og landarbejdere, CSAAWU, har vundet en norsk fagforeningspris, som en direkte konsekvens af en dansk dokumentarfilms afsløring af slavelignende tilstande i dele af den sydafrikanske vinindustri.

Commercial Stevedoring and Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU) har vundet Artur Svenssons internationale pris for faglige rettigheder for 2017, som tildeles af det norske fagforbund Industri Energi. Valget faldt på CSAAWU, efter at juryen havde set danske Tom Heinemanns dokumentar om forholdene i den Sydafrikanske vinindustri, ”Bitre Druer.” Read more of this post

Gdeim Izik trial is political and based on torture says Sidahmed

I am a political prisoner, due to my peaceful struggle against the Moroccan colonisation of my native Western Sahara, Sidahmed Lemjayed stated in a testimony at the Gdeim Izik re-trial in Morocco yesterday. He denied all charges against him.

Yesterday, Sidahmed Lemjayed gave his testimony at the Gdeim Izik re-trial in Morocco, where he denied all charges against him of acts of “deadly violence” against Moroccan “public forces in the line of duty” during and after the violent Moroccan raid of the Saharawi Gdeim Izik protest camp. He also reiterated his claims that he was badly tortured during interrogation by Moroccan police. Read more of this post

Gdeim Izik-retssag i Marokko er uretfærdig siger internationale observatører

Internationale observatører beskriver den igangværende retssag, imod den såkaldte Gdeim Izik-gruppe af menneskerettighedsaktivister fra den marokkanske koloni Vestsahara i Salé i Marokko, som mangelfuld og uretfærdig.

Otte internationale observatører fra Norge, Portugal, Spanien, Italien og Frankrig fordømmer i en fælles pressemeddelelse ”brugen af beviser fremskaffet ved tortur og tegn på, at Gdeim Izik-gruppen er udsat for politisk forfølgelse, som følge af deres politiske aktivisme.” Read more of this post