Swaziland – det sidste enevælde

Bheki”En politimand puttede en plasticpose hen over hovedet på mig, og pressede så hårdt at jeg ikke kunne få vejret. Jeg kunne have været død i det øjeblik”, siger Bheki Dlamini, mens han ser ind i kameraet og holder tårerne tilbage.
Scenen er fra en ny dokumentar, ”Swaziland – det sidste enevælde”, lavet af den prisbelønnede danske journalist og dokumentarist, Tom Heinemann. Filmen bliver vist på DR2 den 2. august.

Filmen beskriver kampen for demokrati og socioøkonomisk retfærdighed i det lille afrikanske enevældige kongedømme, gennem Bheki Dlaminis øjne. Han er en ung aktivist og ledende medlem af Swazilands største forbudte parti, People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO). Read more of this post

Tortureret til døde på grund af stjålet iPad

manzini police station SMALLFredag blev Lucianno Zavale angiveligt tortureret til døde af Swazilands politi. Politiet havde anklaget ham for at have stjålet en CD-brænder eller iPad, hvorefter de hentede ham i hans frisørforretning og tog ham med til Manzini Police Station. Få timer senere var han død.

Politiet indrømmede ifølge lokale medier først drabet af Zavale overfor hans familie, men den lokale politikommissær vil hverken be- eller afkræfte anklagerne om drab og tortur. 35-årige Zavale er langt fra den første, som er blevet dræbt eller tortureret af politiet i det lille enevældige kongedømme. Read more of this post

I could have died at any moment

Bheki“One police officer came with a plastic bag and put it over my mouth and nose, and pressed very hard so that I couldn’t breathe. I could have died at any moment”, Bheki Dlamini says looking at the camera, close to tears.

The scene is from a new documentary, “Swaziland – Africa’s last absolute monarchy”, made by award-winning Danish investigative journalist Tom Heinemann. Read more of this post

Youth league President acquitted of terrorist charges in absolute monarchy

Bheki Dlamini, President of the Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO), the youth wing of Swaziland’s largest illegal political party PUDEMO, and former education and mobilizing officer of the Foundation for Socio Economic Justice, has been acquitted of charges of terrorism and released from prison today after a protracted trial that saw him spending over three years in prison.

Speaking to a crowd that had gathered at Sidwashini Prison, waiting for his release, Bheki said “me walking out of prison does not mean freedom. This was a small jail and I’m walking out to a bigger jail until we attain freedom. Comrades let’s go work.” 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

Swazi youth congress demands release of political prisoners

The Swaziland Youth Congress is to launch a campaign for the unconditional release of its President, Bheki Dlamini and other political prisoners on February 16. Bheki Dlamini is charged under the Swaziland Terrorism Act with planting petrol bombs in police officers and MP’s houses, a charge that he, SWAYOCO and the democratic movement in Swaziland deny. He has been in jail since June 2010.

“We remain convinced that these comrades are innocent, if anything they are guilty of demanding sustainable jobs for the youth, education for all and the unbanning of political parties. Their resistance and refusal to betray the people in the face of continued harassment, intimidation, isolation and incarceration makes us to fight with more vigor and renewed energy for their release,” SWAYOCO said in a National Excecutive meeting statement released Wednesday. Read more of this post

Bheki Dlamini charged with terrorism in Swaziland

Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice Volunteer, Bheki Dlamini 28, has been charged under Swaziland’s Suppression of Terrorism Act this morning in connection with the recent bombings in the country. Bheki Dlamini, who had been kept at an undisclosed location by police, was charged at Swaziland’s high court this afternoon.

According to a representative of the Swazi democratic movement the charges are ludicrous, as he claims that Dlamini could not possibly have committed the crimes he is charged with. Read more of this post

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