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

Justitsminister og højesteretsdommer anklaget for magtmisbrug

Justitsminister Sibusiso Shongwe, højesteretsdommer Michael Ramodibedi, og flere andre dommere er anklaget for magtmisbrug og korruption i det enevældige kongedømme Swaziland. Ramodibedi har barrikaderet sig i sit hus siden fredag, og nægter at overgive sig til politiet.

Ifølge en pressemeddelelse som landets premiereminister, Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, sendte ud tirsdag, er de anklagede ”uskyldige indtil det modsatte er bevist”. Read more of this post

De kalder min far for terrorist

Mzwandile (centre) with his mother and father at his graduation in 2007Mzwandile Masuku voksede op med lyden af gøende politihunde klokken fire om natten, bevæbnede politimænd der gennemsøgte hans hus under morgenmaden, og en far han ofte måtte besøge i fængslet. I de sidste ti måneder har hans far Mario igen siddet bag tremmer.

Mario Masuku er præsident for det forbudte parti Pudemo. Han er anklaget for terrorisme, og har været tilbageholdt siden maj for at have råbt ”viva Pudemo” under en førstemaj-tale i Manzini, Swaziland, sidste år. En ytring som anklagemyndigheden kalder ”en trussel for hele nationen”. Read more of this post

They call my father a terrorist

Mzwandile Masuku’s childhood in Swaziland included barking police dogs at 4 o’clock in the morning, armed police raiding his family’s house while he ate breakfast, and visiting his father Mario Masuku in prison. For the past ten months he has to visit his father in prison yet again.

Mario Masuku, the long-time President of banned political party Pudemo, has been charged with terrorism and held in prison without bail since May. His crime: shouting “viva Pudemo” Read more of this post

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

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