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  • Labour MEPs: EU must act against “intolerable” human rights abuses in Swaziland

    By Mark | March 24, 2015

    European Parliamentary Labour Party

    Following reprisal measures taken against Swazi prisoner of conscience and trade unionist Thulani Maseko, Labour MEPs have urged the EU to act against intolerable human rights abuses in Swaziland.

    Mr Maseko, a lawyer working for the Read the rest of this entry »

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    Anti-gay attacks on the rise in Swaziland

    By Mark | March 20, 2015

    By Jabu Pereira, Mail and Guardian

    Kaylo Glover a young lesbian from Nhlangano, Swaziland, stepped into a bar with her friends on the early hours of Sunday morning. She was killed by an enraged man who did not want to be in the presence of lesbians. He left the bar, fetched an Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: State of Nation Address on 12 February marred by removal of some and jamming of cell phone signal

    By Tony | February 16, 2015

    President Zuma delivered the State of the Nation address on 12 February. It has been a set piece event with no questions but this year was Read the rest of this entry »

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    25th Anniversary of the Release of Nelson Mandela

    By Mark | February 11, 2015

    Message by President Jacob Zuma marking the 25th Anniversary of the release of Madiba

    Source: The Presidency

    Exactly 25 years ago… on the 11th of February, our late former President Nelson Mandela walked out of the Victor Verster prison as a free man after twenty seven years of imprisonment.

    This day therefore marked a giant Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe: President Mugabe becomes Chair of the African Union – EU lifts travel ban

    By Tony | February 4, 2015

    President Mugabe, assumed the chair of the African Union on 30 January. The European Union (EU) announced on 2 February the travel ban it had imposed in Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zambia Presidential by-election. New President by slim margin in low turnout

    By Tony | January 26, 2015

    Zambia held a presidential by-election on 20 January due to the death whilst in office of President Michael Sata on 28 October 2014. The poll had to be held within Read the rest of this entry »

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    Terence Ranger dies

    By Tony | January 7, 2015

    Terence Ranger, historian of Zimbabwe, dies read obituary by Ian Scoones in The Zimbabwean

    Over the weekend, we learned the sad news that Terence Ranger, the well-known historian of Zimbabwe, had died at his
    home in Oxford aged Read the rest of this entry »

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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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