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2014-04-23 NEHAWU Condemns the Imprisonment of Pudemo Leaders and Activists By Mswati Regime in Swaziland
[COSATU]NEHAWU condemns the arrest of the Secretary General of PUDEMO, Comrade Mlungisi Makhanya, the party's Public relations Officer, Brian Ntshangase and other fellow PUDEMO activists early today for wearing PUDEMO T-shirts and berets.

2014-04-23 Opposition Urges International Pressure On Govt
[VOA]Banned opposition groups in Swaziland are calling on the international community to withdraw support from King Mswati III's government to pressure the administration to embrace their demands for democratic reforms.

2014-04-23 Arrest, Release, Repeat - An Interactive Timeline of Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko's Case in Swaziland
[IFEX]It's been over a month since Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko were first arrested. Makhubu, Editor-in-Chief of The Nation magazine and Maseko, a prominent human rights lawyer, were detained and charged with contempt of court after publishing two separate articles that criticised Swaziland's judiciary in the February 2014 issue of The Nation.

2014-04-22 Deadline Looms for Europe Trade Talks
[The Trade Beat]Despite the World Trade Organization's Doha Round negotiations displaying signs of life with the conclusion of the Trade Facilitation Agreement during the Bali Ministerial in December last year, the negotiation and conclusion of comprehensive bilateral and regional trade agreements by many of the world's industrialised economies, including the United States, Australia, Japan, Canada, Korea and the European Union (EU), continues apace.

2014-04-21 Mourning Versus Survival in Swaziland
[IRIN]Mbabane -A traditional two-year mourning period for widows during which women are expected to be confined and not work, is meeting growing resistance in Swaziland.

2014-04-17 World's Media Chiefs Press African Leaders on Freedoms
[allAfrica]Cape Town -Editors and publishers from across the world have singled out the governments of Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa and Swaziland for threatening free expression and media freedom.

2014-04-17 King's Defiant Subjects 'Will Burn'
[Swazi Media]King Mswati III's right-hand man has told a community they 'will burn' if they continue to defy instructions from the King.

2014-04-17 Swaziland - Swaziland Affirms SADC Protocol@work Summit Winners
[Gender Links]The curtain on the three day Swaziland SADC Protocol@Work Summit came down on 16 April with a gala dinner and award ceremony at Esibayeni Lodge. Winners of the country summit, announced at the gala dinner, will now represent the country at a regional summit to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in May 2014.

2014-04-17 Swaziland - Address Gaps That Hold Women Back
[Gender Links]Matsapha, 17 April: As part of the post 2015 meeting that took place on the last day of the SADC Gender Protocol@Work Summit in Swaziland this week, Ntombi Nyoni- focal person for the SADC Gender Protocol Alliance in Swaziland, said that although Swaziland's representation of women in government dropped following the elections last year, all is not lost. She explained that ahead of the elections in 2018, the Alliance and other lobby groups have time to better strategise and implement the 5050 campaign and

2014-04-17 IPI Calls On Swazi Govt to Free Editor
[allAfrica]The text of a resolution of the General Assembly of the International Press Institute calling on Swaziland's government to drop charges against jailed editor and human rights lawyer and ensure press freedom:

2014-04-17 IPI Members Call for Court Review of South African Bill
[IPI]Cape Town -Leading global journalists are urging South African President Jacob Zuma to send controversial legislation to the Constitutional Court for review amid concerns that the bill could block reporters' access to sensitive public information.

2014-04-16 Court Cannot Curb Support for Editor
[Swazi Media]Police and court officials in Swaziland have been caught on the hop by the support given to the magazine editor and human rights lawyer presently in jail awaiting trial on charges arising from criticisms they made of the judiciary in the kingdom.

2014-04-16 Media Urged to Be More Gender-Sensitive
[Gender Links]Gender equality in media content and practice remains a dream for Swaziland as revealed at the SADC Protocol@Work Summit that started on 14 April 2014 at Esibayeni Lodge in Matsapha, Swaziland and runs until 16 April 2014. Comfort Mabuza, the National Media Facilitator for Swaziland revealed this hard fact at the official opening of the summit and called for the media to critique itself as an institution.

2014-04-17 Summit Not Just About Awards!
[Gender Links]The SADC Protocol@Work Summit is not just about awards! It is about providing a platform to women and men to learn from each other. It is about networking. Swazi's just learnt that it is also about affirming each others' work, not in the form of an award, but the resources needed to expand a project.

2014-04-17 Secret to Development Lies in Empowering Women
[Gender Links]The Local Government and Leadership category at the SADC Protocol@Work Summit was tightly contested as councils sought to outdo each other as they demonstrated how they are implementing the provisions of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. Case studies presented in this category confirmed, in Mankayane Councillor Sithembile Mazibuko's words that, "the secret to the development of nations lies in empowering women."

2014-04-17 Trendy Fashion for the Disabled and for Plus-Sized Ladies
[Gender Links]Nomcebo Dlamini dresses plus-sized women for a living. She aspires to own a business that will specialise in dressing plus-sized people, especially women as well as disabled people.

2014-04-15 Continued Incarceration for Respected Journalist and Lawyer
[MISA-Swaziland]Another week in jail for journalist Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko. High Court judge Mpendulo Simelane refuses to remove himself from the case.

2014-04-15 King Diverts Wealth From His Subjects
[Swazi Media]Swaziland's autocratic King Mswati III holds assets worth E1.39 billion (US$140 million) in the vast Tibiyo TakaNgwane conglomerate of companies that he owns 'in trust for the nation'.

2014-04-15 African Union Launches Internet Exchange Point in Swaziland
[CIO]The Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology of Kingdom of Swaziland in partnership with the African Union's Infrastructure and Energy Department and Internet Society have launched an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Swaziland.

2014-04-13 Police Abduct Democracy Leaders
[Swazi Media]Police in Swaziland illegally abducted prodemocracy leaders on Saturday (12 April 2014), drove them up to 30 kilometres away, and dumped them to prevent them taking part in a meeting calling for freedom in the kingdom.

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