ACTSA will be holding a protest in support of human rights in Swaziland on Thursday 19 April at 11.30am – 1.30pm. The protest will be held outside the Commonwealth Secretariat (Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX). Swazi diaspora groups and international trade unionists, among others, will be participating in the protest.
King Mswati III, Africa’s last absolute monarch, is likely to be in the UK for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that week. 19 April is actually the King’s 50th birthday – but for many Swazis the occasion won’t be one to celebrate. Swaziland is deeply unequal and corruption at all levels is rife. Yet those who peacefully challenge the King and his government face repression.
The Commonwealth has singularly failed to hold the Swazi authorities to account. The Commonwealth Secretariat does not appear to have a strategy for applying pressure on the King. The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group must now review Swaziland’s status and the Commonwealth Secretary General must explicitly support this action. The Commonwealth’s credibility is on the line.
Please join us for all or part of the protest. Your family/friends are also most welcome – please do spread the word!
If you would like more information about the protest contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7186 0750.
When: Thursday 19 April at 11.30am – 1.30pm
Where: Outside the Commonwealth Secretariat (Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX)
If you’re interested in our work in Swaziland you can read more on our Human Rights in Swaziland campaign page.