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2015-03-27 U.S. Students Back Jailed Swazi Writer
[Swazi Media] Journalism students at the University of Maryland in the United States are planning to publicize the jailing of Swaziland journalist Bheki Makhubu by launching a line of bracelets baring his name.

2015-03-26 Swazi Human Rights Lawyer Thulani Maseko Placed in Solitary Confinement
[IFEX] This statement was originally published on on 23 March 2015.

2015-03-25 King Zwelithini Must Deport His Wives, His Son Back From Swaziland and Get a Job
[SSN] The luxury of living on people's hard earned taxes clearly pollutes one's judgement to the extent of making them talk nonsense. This is the fate that king Goodwill Zwelithini shares with his equally delusional brother in-law king Mswati.

2015-03-25 Euro MPs - 'Scrap Swazi Trade Deals'
[Swazi Media] Labour Members of the European Parliament are calling on the European Union to re-think its preferential trade agreements with Swaziland because of the kingdom's poor record on human rights.

2015-03-24 Swazi Govt Snubs 'Starved Refugees'
[Swazi Media] The Swazi Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze has said Somali asylum seekers living in the kingdom who complained that they were being starved and forced to work in fields without pay were lucky they had not been deported.

2015-03-24 Lesbian and Gay Murders in Swaziland
[Swazi Media] The separate murders of a lesbian woman and a gay man in Nhlangano, Swaziland, have drawn attention to the prejudice faced by homosexuals in the kingdom.

2015-03-24 'Nation' Defiant On Jailed Journalists
[Swazi Media] As Swaziland editor Bheki Makhubu and writer and human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, marked a year spent in jail for writing and publishing articles critical of the Swaziland judiciary, the Nation, the monthly magazine they worked for remained defiant.

2015-03-23 Jailed Writer in Solitary Confinement
[Swazi Media] Thulani Maseko, the human rights lawyer and journalist, has been moved to solitary confinement in prison as punishment for writing a letter thanking his supporters. One leading rights organisation has said this could be considered 'torture'.

2015-03-23 Police Attack Another Union Meeting
[Swazi Media] Police in Swaziland have broken up two meetings of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) in as many weeks in a clampdown on groups advocating for democracy.

2015-03-23 Swazi Journalist's Prison Letter
[Swazi Media] On 18 March 2014, two Swaziland journalists Bheki Makhubu, the editor of the Nation magazine, and human rights lawyer and journalist, Thulani Maseko, were detained in jail on contempt of court charges after they wrote and published articles critical of the Swazi judiciary. In July 2014 they were both sentenced to two years jail.

2015-03-24 Mathoho Withdrawn From Swaziland Match
[SAFA] Bafana Bafana are on their way to Swaziland for an international friendly match against the host nation which will take place on Wednesday, 25 March at the Somhlolo Stadium.

2015-03-23 UK Concern Over Jailed Journalists
[Swazi Media] The United Kingdom Government has expressed its concern that two journalists are in prison in Swaziland for writing and publishing articles critical of the kingdom's judiciary.

2015-03-22 Brave Gladiators Thump Swaziland
[Namibian] The Brave Gladiators gave a great performance to beat Swaziland 6-2 at Windhoek's Independence Stadium on Saturday.

2015-03-20 They Call My Father a Terrorist
[Fahamu] Ailing Swazi opposition leader Mario Masuku is in prison since May in Africa's only absolute monarchy, where even mere expression of support for the opposition is considered by the regime as engaging in "terrorism". Progressive forces throughout the pan-African world must demand the release of this man and many other Swazi prisoners of conscience.

2015-03-19 Is South Africa the World's Most Generous Donor?
[SACSIS] The Southern African Currency Union (SACU) is most easily identifiable in Botswana's, Lesotho's, Namibia's and Swaziland's (BLNS) use of the South African Rand as the basis for their own currencies, albeit through printing their own versions of the rand. The currency union is now over a century old and the longest standing currency union in the world.

2015-03-19 Support for Jailed Swazi Journalists
[Swazi Media] The first anniversary of the jailing of two journalists in Swaziland after they wrote and published articles critical of the kingdom's judiciary has been marked by condemnations from across the world.

2015-03-19 Son of Jailed Political Leader Speaks
[Swazi Media] They call my father a terrorist

2015-03-20 Swazi Prisoners of Conscience - What You Need to Know
[MISA] Today, 18 March 2015, marks one year in prison for editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko. They pair were sentenced to two years in prison following articles each wrote criticising the Swazi judiciary. Sadly, their predicament is part of a wider problem of repression of human rights and freedom of expression in Swaziland.

2015-03-19 Swaziland Doesn't Want You to Care About These Govt Critics. Here's Why You Should
[IFEX] The 24 IFEX members listed below strongly condemn the continued imprisonment of editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko in Swaziland. March 18 2015 marks one year since the pair were imprisoned following an unconstitutional closed court hearing.

2015-03-18 Gladiators Trimmed for Independence Clash Against Swaziland
[Namibian] The Brave Gladiators squad has been trimmed down to 23 players as they wait to ambush the Swaziland women's team on Saturday, 21 March, to mark Namibia's 25th Independence Anniversary celebrations at Windhoek's Independence Stadium.

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