Swaziland: Antiterrorlov kendt forfatningsstridig

high-courtFredag blev dele af Swazilands antiterrorlov, som Amnesty International kalder ”undertrykkende,” kendt forfatningsstridig i landsretten i Mbabane. En ung demokratiforkæmper, der selv har mærket effekterne af loven, tror dog ikke, at dommen vil ændre meget.

I 2014 blev syv medlemmer af People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) arresteret, og anklaget for terrorisme i henhold til Swazilands antiterrorlov. De havde båret en t-shirt, med PUDEMOs logo i det lille enevældige monarki. Read more of this post

Absolute monarchy assumes chairmanship of SADC

SADCSwaziland assumes the chairmanship of the Southern African Development Community for the first time ever on Wednesday, despite protests from Swaziland and abroad that the small absolute monarchy is not fit to chair the organisation.

The charter of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) clearly states that member states should observe basic human rights such as the right to strike and gender equality, and one of the main objectives of SADC is to support “regional integration, built on democratic principles,” something that SADC’s new chair Swaziland clearly does not. Read more of this post

Demokrati skal udleves, både i Danmark og i Swaziland

elåm16 Abba Malainin,Pablo Bustinduy, Mlungisi MakhanyaMlungisi og Mphandlana fra demokratibevægelsen PUDEMO var til Enhedslistens årsmøde i Gladsaxe. I deres hjemland, det lille enevældige kongedømme Swaziland, betragtes de som terrorister, fordi de kæmper for et konstitutionelt monarki som i Danmark.

– Vi har lært meget af at være med til Enhedslistens årsmøde. Blandt andet at det er vigtigt for os som parti og bevægelse ikke bare at tale om demokrati som noget der skal foregå i fremtiden. Vi må arbejde ud fra de demokratiske principper, som vi vil indføre i samfundet, siger PUDEMOs Generalsekretær Mlungisi Makhanya. Read more of this post

A victim of circumstances

Mph blog“I am a victim of circumstances”, says activist Mphandlana ‘Victim’ Shongwe of the nickname he is known by because of the decades of state harassment he has endured in his homeland, Swaziland. “But what has kept me going is the desire to be free”.

“Victim” is the name that Mphandlana Shongwe – a founding member of Swaziland’s democratic movement, PUDEMO – is commonly known by in the small absolute monarchy of Swaziland. He was given his nickname, after reflecting on his life in Matsapha Central Prison, while awaiting trial for treason in 1990. Read more of this post

International youth organization calls for democracy in Swaziland

IUSY bhekiThe International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) passed a resolution at its 31st world congress that called for a process that would unban political parties, remove repressive legislation and introduce multi-party democracy in Swaziland.

The resolution, passed on Saturday, also called for an end to the systematic harassment, intimidation and incarceration of political activists and the unconditional release of political prisoners and return of exiles, as well as for the isolation of Swaziland until these demands are met. Read more of this post

The dialogue that disappeared

Swaziland's parliament protected by barbed wire 300pxIn September, there were high hopes in some parts of Swaziland’s civil society and democratic movement that a dialogue with the county’s absolute monarch King Mswati III was on the table. Not least because of pressure from the Commonwealth, the USA and the EU. Three months later no such meeting has taken place and that hope seems all but shattered.

The meeting was to have taken place between king Mswati III, who has ruled Swaziland almost single-handedly for 30 years, and the so-called G15 group, Read more of this post

Swaziland documentary nominated for international award

Bheki Dlamini SKB“Swaziland – Africa’s last monarchy”, a documentary film about activist Bheki Dlamini by award-winning Danish investigative journalist Tom Heinemann, has been nominated in the short film category at the Al-Jazeera International Film Festival.

The main character in the documentary, young activist Bheki Dlamini, says that he is pleased with the nomination as well as with the publicity that the film has given the struggle for democracy and social justice in his homeland of Swaziland. Read more of this post