Mario and Maxwell case postponed again

UdklipThe court case of Swazi human rights advocates Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini has been postponed until March 2015.

The case was postponed pending the hearing on the constitutionality of Swaziland’s Terrorism Act in March, and was referred back to the High Court Registrar, pending finalisation of this constitutional challenge. Read more of this post

Danish political support for Mario Masuku

170613 Mario 019Former Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the Danish Parliament, Mogens Lykketoft, has signed a petition that demands the release of imprisoned Swazi political leader Mario Masuku.

“I support the appeal for the immediate release of Mario Masuku and his colleague [student leader Maxwell Dlamini]. I have met with Mario Masuku in Copenhagen as President of the Danish Parliament. He is fighting for democracy and human rights in Swaziland. I urge Denmark and the EU, together with South Africa, to ensure their immediate release so that they can resume their political work”, Mogens Lykketoft said in a statement. Read more of this post

Lykketoft støtter demokratiforkæmper i enevældigt monarki

Folketingsmedlem og forhenværende udenrigsminister Mogens Lykketoft har skrevet under på den danske solidaritetsorganisation Afrika Kontakts appel om frigivelse af demokrati- og menneskerettighedsforkæmper Mario Masuku fra det lille afrikanske land Swaziland.

”Jeg støtter appellen om øjeblikkelig frigivelse af Mario Masuku og hans kollega [studenterleder Maxwell Dlamini]. Jeg har som formand i det danske folketing modtaget Mario Masuku i København, og er overbevist om, at han kæmper for demokrati og menneskerettigheder i Swaziland. Det er mit håb at Danmark og det øvrige EU i samarbejde med Sydafrika vil arbejde for, at de to så hurtigt som overhovedet muligt kan frigives og genoptage deres politiske arbejde”, udtaler Mogens Lykketoft. Read more of this post

Campaign to free Mario gathers pace

Mario MasukuHundreds of unions, parties, politicians and individuals from all over the world have signed a petition to demand the release of Swazi political activists Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini, including the International Trade Union Confederation, British trade union federation UNISON and the African National Congress.

The ANC has issued a statement, calling “for the release of comrade Mario Masuku and all other political prisoners in Swaziland”, and last year the Danish ambassador raised the matter of Mario Masuku’s trial with Swaziland’s king Mswati III. Read more of this post

Dansk kampagne kræver demokratiforkæmpere i enevældigt monarki løsladt

Mario Masuku_Hundredvis af fagforeninger, politikere og enkeltpersoner fra hele verden har støttet den danske solidaritetsforening Afrika Kontakts og Enhedslistens kampagne og krav om løsladelse af demokratiforkæmperne Mario Masuku og Maxwell Dlamini fra det lille enevældige monarki Swaziland.

I Danmark har blandt andet 3F, Frit Forum, flere folketingsmedlemmer og repræsentanter fra Enhedslisten og Socialdemokraterne, samt et væld af journalister, studerende og andre privatpersoner skrevet under på kampagnens protestmail. Read more of this post

Demokratiforkæmpere nægtet kaution i Swaziland

Mario MaxwellI går blev demokratiforkæmperne Mario Masuku og Maxwell Dlamini igen nægtet løsladelse mod kaution, selvom Masuku er blevet syg i fængslet, og lider af sukkersyge og gigt. De er anklaget for terrorisme, fordi de kritiserede Swaziland’s enevældige monarki i taler 1. maj.

Mario Masuku og Maxwell Dlamini er henholdsvis præsident og ungdomsleder i People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO), et forbudt parti eller bevægelse der kæmper for demokrati i det lille enevældige kongedømme. De er anklaget under Swazilands Suppression of Terrorism Act, en lov der definerer terrorisme som enhver handling der ”er til fare for den nationale sikkerhed”. Read more of this post

Denmark questions Mswati on human rights

Denmark has raised the questions of political freedom, human rights, and the trial of political activists Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini with Swaziland’s government and absolute monarch King Mswati III, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Martin Lidegaard told the Danish Foreign Affairs Committee last Wednesday.

“Denmark has continuously raised the question of political freedom with Swaziland, most recently on the 5th of June 2014, when the Danish ambassador held political talks in the capital Mbabane with, amongst others, king Mswati III and [then] Minister of Foreign Affairs Mgwagwa Gamedze”, said Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Martin Lidegaard. Read more of this post

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