Profile - Thulani Maseko
[IFEX] A leading human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko spent over 15 months in prison for criticising Swaziland's corrupt judicial system and the absolute monarchy that gives the king ultimate authority over the cabinet, legislature and judiciary.
Profile - Bheki Makhubu
[IFEX] Veteran independent journalist Bheki Makhubu spent over fifteen months in a high security prison in Swaziland for exposing a judicial system that is deeply corrupt - the latest in a string of trials he has endured over the past two decades.
Court Overturns Chief Justice's Ruling to Right a Wrong
[Legalbrief] In its last case of the year Swaziland's newly-constituted highest court has set the record straight in one of the most bizarre cases ever heard in that country: five judges of that court have overturned a decision made just months before by their former colleague, disgraced ex-chief justice of Swaziland, Michael Ramodibedi.
Political Repression Prevails
[HRW] Johannesburg -Several Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries narrowed the political space for voices critical of the government in the past year, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016.
Swaziland to Draw Lesson From Health Sector Practice
[Ethiopian Herald] A high-level Swaziland delegation has expressed desire to draw lesson from Ethiopia's health sector achievements.
Respect for Swazi Rule of Law Falls
[Swazi Media] 'Respect for human rights and the rule of law declined in the Kingdom of Swaziland, ruled by an absolute monarch, King Mswati III, since 1986. Political parties are banned, judicial independence is severely compromised, and repressive laws are used to target critics of the government and the King.'
Bodies Found Near Nkomazi River
[News24Wire] Police are investigating the murder of two Swaziland nationals who were found dead less than a day after entering South Africa.
Opposition to King Is 'Terrorism'
[Swazi Media] All opposition to the rule of absolute monarch King Mswati III of Swaziland is treated as 'terrorism', according to a new analysis of the legal system in the kingdom.
Endangering Lawyers and the Rule of Law in Lesotho and Swaziland
[SALC] Friday 22 January is the international Day of the Endangered Lawyer. It is a day in which we draw focus on those in the legal profession who in representing their clients face harassment, persecution, injury and death. Events in the past year have highlighted the gravity of these concerns in Lesotho and Swaziland and how threats to the independence and safety of lawyers and legal profession so often mark a deepening disrespect for the rule of law.
Draft Rules Censor Varsity Teaching
[Swazi Media] Universities and colleges in Swaziland will be censored in what they can teach to ensure they do not damage the 'image' of the kingdom, if new draft regulations are adopted.
Inside the Summit on Lesotho
[The Patriot] President Ian Khama is said to have shown his leadership mettle when he reprimanded Lesotho Prime Minister Phakalitha Mosisili during the SADC Double Troika Extra ordinary summit which was discussing the report on the Lesotho crisis.
Regional Leaders Challenge Lesotho Over Lack of Reform
[SADC] 1. The Double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Gaborone, Republic of Botswana on 18 January 2016.
God Will Bring Down the Rains
[Fahamu] Climate change has brought on a severe drought in Swaziland. The solution to the crisis is literally to pray for rain, says the country's absolute monarch. No, we need a democratic government that does not treat its people as enemies, says a young activist.
SADC Troika Recommends Suspension of Lesotho
[The Patriot] - Lesotho rejects Justice Phumaphi's report - sources
Eskom Urges Lesotho, Swaziland to Use Less Power
[News24Wire] Eskom said on Friday that Lesotho and Swaziland, with which it has firm power supply agreements, should lower consumption as the power utility attempts to help its regional neighbours offset crippling power shortages.
'God Will Bring Down the Rains'
[Swazi Media] Climate change has brought on a severe drought in the small absolute monarchy of Swaziland. The solution to the crisis is literally to pray for rain, says the country's absolute monarch. No, we need a democratic government that does not treat its people as enemies, says a young activist, writes Kenworthy News Media.
Freedom Documentary On Youtube
[Swazi Media] Africa's last monarchy, the documentary about activist Bheki Dlamini by Danish journalist Tom Heinemann is now available on YouTube.
Swazi King's Personal Gold Rush
[Swazi Media] Swaziland's King Mswati III stands to personally make up to US$65 million if a reported gold mine deal in his kingdom is successful.