Freedom House condemns the unlawful arrests and detentions carried out by police against University of Swaziland students as well as farmers in Swaziland’s Vuvulane area. The government of Swaziland should immediately end these violations of Swazi citizens’ basic freedoms.
A new Freedom House report, Swaziland: A Failed Feudal State, documents the damage done to the lives of ordinary Swazis, the economy, and the state institutions through a combination of the royal family’s greed and the monarch’s insistence on putting himself above the law.
Freedom House is alarmed by Swaziland’s crackdown against labor advocates and the arrest of former South African Cabinet Minister Jay Naidoo. Freedom House condemns this blatant violation of basic rights and calls on the government of Swaziland to respect the rights to freedom of assembly and association as enshrined in the 2005 constitution, and to end its sustained repression pro-democracy voices that has continued for over two years since a violent crackdown by authorities in April 2011.
Freedom House calls on authorities in Swaziland to refrain from unlawfully evicting a community of more than 150 people living in Malkerns who are in danger of losing homes land that they have occupied since the 1950’s.
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.