Remarks by the Swazi prime minister, Barnabas Dlamini, that Swazi citizens should 'strangle' two human rights activists when they return from the United States, are the latest example of the government's blatant disregard for the fundamental right of freedom of speech and for rule of law.
Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law, U.S. Foreign Policy
The chances for Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu to have a fair trial were compromised from the beginning since the court did not follow due process of law and the presiding judges had clear conflicts of interest.
Civil Society, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Freedom House released an analysis of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa showing that the region has experienced notable increases in freedom over the past generation, although more setbacks than gains were seen in 2006.
Since 2009, Freedom House supports civil society in Swaziland to ensure that a stronger citizen voice can be generated and then properly translated to the national and regional stage where political reforms will be negotiated by a cohesive and effective civil society.