Africa’s last absolute monarchy has intensified its attacks on trade unions and activists.
According to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), political parties are banned in Swaziland and the President of the People’s United Democratic Movement, Mario Masuku, and the party’s youth leader, Maxwell Dlamini, are subjected to arbitrary detention. Swazi human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and journalist Bheki Makhubu received a two year sentence for writing articles critical of the lack of independence in the judiciary. On 19 March 2015, Thulani was moved to solitary confinement after the publication of a prison letter marking the one-year anniversary of his detention.
The ITUC is calling for an international campaign to put pressure on the Swazi government to respect human rights and to register trade unions such as TUCOSWA, which remains unable to legally function.
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