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

Dansk dokumentarfilm nomineret til international filmpris

Bheki Dlamini SKBDen prisbelønnede danske journalist og dokumentarist Tom Heinemanns film, ”Swaziland – det sidste enevælde” om aktivisten Bheki Dlamini, er blevet nomineret til prisen som bedste kortfilm på Al-Jazeera International Film Festival, sammen med film fra blandt andet USA, Kina, Indien og Kenya.

”Swaziland – det sidste enevælde” blev vist på DR2 i august, som en del af serien ”De ukuelige”. Serien, som Tom Heinemann har lavet sammen med norske Erling Borgen, portrætterer menneskerettighedsforkæmpere fra forskellige dele af verden. Read more of this post

Vil tale demokrati med enevældig konge

Mario Masuku_Swaziland har været et enevældigt kongedømme i over fire årtier, efter at landet blev uafhængigt fra kolonimagten Storbritannien i 1968. Men nu bliver landets enevældige konge Mswati III presset af både landets demokratibevægelse, Commonwealth og EU til at diskutere demokratiske reformer.

”Kongen mener at vi prøver at ødelægge landet, men hvis og når vi får mulighed for at tale med ham, vil han få at vide hvad folket ønsker”, siger Mario Masuku, der er præsident for Swaziland største politiske parti, PUDEMO. Read more of this post

Absolute monarch in talks with banned political parties

Mario Masuku_smallSwaziland has been an absolute monarchy for decades, but absolute monarch King Mswati III is being pressed by both the country’s democratic movement, the Commonwealth and the EU to discuss democratic reforms.

“At the moment the king regards us as people who want to destroy the country, but once we have talked with him he will know what the people want”, says president of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), Mario Masuku. Read more of this post

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

Maxwell’s trials and tribulations

Maxwell Dlamini blogMaxwell Dlamini finally walked out of prison in July, released on bail after having spent fourteen months in squalid conditions in the prisons of Swaziland’s absolute monarch King Mswati III. His crime was to have sung a pro-democracy song.

“Jail being the lonely place that it is, there are moments when you feel down and morally low”, says Maxwell. “But at all times I was motivated by the fact that our course is just, and I refuse to abdicate my responsibility or allow the state to break me”. Read more of this post

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