Blog entries from: Swazi Media Commentary

This Blog contains information and commentary about human rights in Swaziland.

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June 4 2013

From Swazi Media Commentary Tue Jun 4 2013, 10:27:00

King Mswati III of Swaziland, sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch, has announced the controversial elections to the House of Assembly in his kingdom will be held on 20 September.

The 'primary' elections will take place on 24 August 2013.

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June 3 2013

From Swazi Media Commentary Mon Jun 3 2013, 06:46:00

Kenworthy News Media June 3, 2013

SOURCE

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From Swazi Media Commentary Mon Jun 3 2013, 04:45:00

One of Swaziland's most senior traditionalists Ntfonjeni Dlamini, who once made international news for whipping virgins, has died.

The Times Sundaynewspaper in Swaziland said he reportedly died of tuberculosis, aged 65, but cast doubts on whether this was true by stating, 'It was not immediately clear how he could have died of TB, as it is a curable disease.'

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From Swazi Media Commentary Mon Jun 3 2013, 03:01:00

The national elections have started in Swaziland amid chaos. As it sets out to register voters, the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) is unsure how many people are eligible to vote in the kingdom and has almost certainly under estimated the number substantially.

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May 29 2013

From Swazi Media Commentary Wed May 29 2013, 07:48:00

Police refused to allow women in Swaziland to march in protest against gender-based violence.

They told the women they could not march because police and the local chief did not want any noise ahead of the election soon to be held in the kingdom.

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From Swazi Media Commentary Wed May 29 2013, 07:30:00

Swaziland is eager to expand its ties with Iran, the Iranian news agency FNA reported this week.

What it did not report was that Iran is about to have an election. This is what Human Rights Watch says about the Iranian election.

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From Swazi Media Commentary Wed May 29 2013, 04:21:00

Swaziland's elections board is sending out invitations to international bodies to come and observer the kingdom's election due later this year.

The kingdom has no option but to do this if it wants the international community to recognise the election as credible.

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May 27 2013

From Swazi Media Commentary Mon May 27 2013, 08:45:00

Newspapers in Swaziland deliberately suppressed criticism about a visit by the Equatorial Guinean president after being instructed to do so by a Swazi government minister.

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Swaziland chapter, has publicly revealed for the first time the extent of the collusion between Swaziland's newspapers and the government.

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From Swazi Media Commentary Mon May 27 2013, 07:04:00

Voter registration in Swaziland is in chaos - even the electoral board running the election does not know how many people are eligible to vote in the kingdom.

The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) announced it believed there were 600,000 people in Swaziland who would be eligible to vote.

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From Swazi Media Commentary Mon May 27 2013, 05:51:00

Swaziland has been labelled one of the world's hotspots for crime, in a report published by the United States Government.

Gangs armed with knives or firearms roam the streets of the cities looking for houses to break into, while residents live barricaded behind 'perimeter walls, security guards, dogs, security lighting, window grills, and alarm systems with security response teams [...] essential for ensuring the safety of residents'.

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