Swaziland absolute monarchy violates human rights

This video says about itself:

Thulani Maseko answers questions from an audience at Amnesty International in Ottawa, Canada on April 12th, 2011 about the current political crisis in Swaziland.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

SWAZILAND: The International Transport Workers Federation said yesterday that it is deeply disturbed to hear that less than 48 hours after charges were dropped against two human rights’ defenders, fresh arrest warrants have been issued.

Following a high court order, Swazi TUC lawyer Thulani Maseko and Nation magazine editor Bheki Makhubu were released earlier this week after spending 20 days in jail.

ITF acting general secretary Steve Cotton said: “We saw the release as a first step in ensuring that the bill of rights, which guarantees freedom of expression, is implemented. Now it looks as if the determination to undermine fundamental human and labour rights continues.”

Thirty armed Swazi police officers blocked pro-democracy campaigners from entering court on Monday during the trials of two activists: here.

The Swaziland Solidarity Network denounced autocratic King Mswati III today for ordering the arrest of several members of left-wing opposition party the People’s United Democratic Movement (Pudemo): here.

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9 thoughts on “Swaziland absolute monarchy violates human rights

  1. Ban on proposed march by trade unionists in Swaziland

    A planned march on Saturday 12 April by trade unionist organized by the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland through the city of Manzini in central Swaziland was banned by the Manzini municipal council.

    The march was to protest the proclamation by the Swazi King on 12 April in 1973, which made him absolute monarch and placed all executive, judicial and legislative functions in his hands.

    Trade union rights and activities are severely curtailed under Swaziland’s reactionary form of government.



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