Swaziland Human Rights Network UK intensifies calls for democracy

17.May.2018

United Kingdom(UK) based Swaziland Human Rights Network

BY : ZWELI MARTIN DLAMINI

LONDON : United Kingdom(UK) based Swaziland Human Rights Network is vigorously lobbying the Commonwealth to take action against Swaziland for violating its founding values that include democracy, rule of law and freedom of speech.

The Human Rights organization recently organized a protest march whose core message was to demand that Swaziland be referred to the Ministerial Action Group for refusing to adhere and upload the values of the Commonwealth. The protest march took place outside the Commonwealth Head of Secretariat of government meetings on the 19 April 2018.

Speaking to this Swaziland News publication Goodwill Mathonsi, the organizations Coordinator said with Swaziland being a member of the Commonwealth, the protest was to highlight that it was in breach of it’s founding values.

“As Swaziland is a member of the Commonwealth, the protest was to highlight Swaziland’s breach of the Commonwealth founding principles enshrined in its charter. These are democracy, rule of law and freedom of speech” he said The Coordinator said the central message was to demand that the country be referred to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group. “ The central message was to demand that Swaziland be referred to Commonwealth ministerial action group” he said

This is not the first time the Swaziland Human Right Network organize a protest march however time it was attended by Girlie Magagula who was representing the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland(TUCOSWA). Swaziland is ruled by Sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute Monarch King Mswati who has been criticized globally for undermining human rights and refusing to adopt democratic reforms.

Political parties are banned in Swaziland from participating in elections and the Prime Minister is appointed by the King. The King also appoints Cabinet Ministers and Judges and most of these positions are occupied by members of the royal family or those with links to the King. Police have the prerogative to stop any protest march without any court order after receiving a command from the King. On 11 May 2018, Swazi Police blocked and detained Swazi opposing leader Mario Masuku who was on his way to participate in a protest march on the South African side at Oshoek border.

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