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  • World AIDS Day: why the global diplomatic response to HIV/AIDS needs remobilising

    By Mark | December 1, 2014

    Source: New Statesman
    By Gareth Thomas MP, Shadow Minister for Africa

    The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland shows we must redouble international efforts to tackle the epidemic.

    Sixteen years on from the first World AIDS Day in 1998, this year the global diplomatic response to HIV/AIDS is in danger of falling down the list of priorities confronting world leaders. 

    It is in 2011 that the UN last hosted a high-level summit on the issue, but it’s not since 2005 that world leaders – hosted by the then Labour government at the Read the rest of this entry »

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    Save TAC

    By Mark | November 12, 2014

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) was founded in South Africa in December 1998 to campaign for access to AIDS treatment. It is widely acknowledged as one of the most important civil society organisations active on AIDS in the developing world.

    Today the future of the Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa’s most iconic and successful post-apartheid health and human rights movement, is under threat.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swazi workers pay for government repression with their jobs

    By Mark | November 6, 2014

    by Mantoe Phakathi 

    Equal Times

    Less than two weeks after the Swazi government announced the immediate banning of all trade unions and employer federations in the country, Swazi workers are reeling from the news that Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland Monarchy Urged to Reverse Trade Union Ban

    By Mark | October 15, 2014

    Morning Star

    Pressure grew on Swaziland’s monarchy today to reverse its decision to dissolve all trade unions and employer federations.

    UNI Global Union has added its voice to a chorus of international condemnation of last week’s diktat by Labour and Social Security Minister Winnie Magagula, instructing all federations to cease operation immediately.

    The draconian Read the rest of this entry »

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    Uproar over Harare demolitions

    By Mark | October 13, 2014

    IRIN

    Thousands of residents in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare and surrounding areas are facing eviction from their homes as local authorities embark on an operation to demolish all illegal structures.
     
     At the end of last month, city authorities turned Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: Thulani and Bheki nominated for human rights award

    By Mark | September 24, 2014

    International Trade Union Federation
    Nomination of Swazi activists for 2014 Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Award

    More than 50 trade unions and civil society organisations joined in nominating Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu for the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Award which honors exceptional individuals who peacefully promote and protect universally recognised rights.

    Thulani is a Read the rest of this entry »

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    Flood displaced Zimbabweans allege forcible resettlement

    By Mark | September 10, 2014

    IRIN
     More than 3,000 families in Zimbabwe’s southeastern Masvingo Province who accuse the government of forcibly resettling them to small plots of undeveloped land, are facing hardships including a lack of adequate food, shelter, health and education facilities.

     The families had been staying at Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: where praying is dangerous

    By Mark | August 31, 2014

    By Owen Tudor, TUC

    I’ve commented so often on what’s wrong with the last feudal dictatorship in Africa – the kingdom of Swaziland – that I often think nothing more can shock me. Whether it’s jailing a newspaper editor and a union lawyer for questioning the decisions of the courts, or the Prime Minister threatening to throttle the leader of Swaziland’s TUC, the news gets worse and worse. Now a prayer meeting has been banned by the police because trade unionists were going to be speaking at it. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: A letter to Barack Obama from imprisoned human rights lawyer

    By Mark | August 4, 2014

    Human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and editor Bheki Makhubu have been imprisoned for two years, charged with contempt of court for criticising Swaziland’s Chief Justice.

    Thulani wrote to US President Barack Obama, ahead of the US Africa Leaders Summit, to ask him to call on King Mswati to introduce fundamental human rights and democracy.

    Thulani wrote his letter from Sidvwashini prison in Mbabane, he has since been moved to Big Bend Prison, much further from away from his family. 

    President Barack Hussein Obama

    President of Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swazi magazine editor and lawyer convicted

    By Mark | July 17, 2014

    Mail and Guardian

    Respected Swaziland editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko have been convicted for contempt of court.

    In what has been seen as a major blow to the journalism profession and human rights in Swaziland, respected editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko have been convicted for Read the rest of this entry »

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