The land-locked Kingdom of Swaziland has a population of just 1.4 million. This small country is often overlooked despite the denial of human rights and it enduring Africa’s longest running state of emergency since 1973.
The people of Swaziland suffer from extreme poverty (almost two thirds of the population live on less than $1.90 a day). It has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world at 27 per cent. Swaziland is Africa's only absolute monarchy. Political parties are banned, political and civic activists are repressed, and the judiciary, media and other authoritative bodies are controlled by the monarchy.
ACTSA's work in Swaziland
ACTSA works to increase awareness of the situation in Swaziland, calling for development, equality and respect for human rights.
Working with a wide range of civil society organisations in Swaziland, we highlight the persistent human rights abuses to decision makers in the UK, Commonwealth and European Union, and encourage them to take action. We also support actions and initiatives in Southern Africa which help bring about positive change in Swaziland.
ACTSA hands in action cards to the Commonwealth
On Swaziland’s Independence Day (Tuesday 6 September), we handed in 500 signed action cards at the Commonwealth Secretariat. The cards call on the Commonwealth to take action on Swaziland’s persistent violations of human rights, the rule of law and Commonwealth principles and values. Find out more.
Women's Rights in Swaziland Briefing Paper
This briefing paper looks at the dire situation for women in Swaziland; the issues that need to be addressed for there to be gender equality in the country; and the growing women’s movement helping to change attitudes.
Swaziland's Downward Spiral: The International Community Must Act Now
ACTSA calls on the international community to apply serious pressure on the Government of Swaziland so that it respects human rights and develops a genuinely democratic constitution.
Submission on Swaziland to the Commonwealth Ministerial
Action Group (CMAG)
ACTSA made a submission to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) that called for Swaziland to be held to account for its serious breaches of the Commonwealth Charter.