Swazi Prime Minister Threatens Activists

Washington

In response to inflammatory remarks by the Prime Minister of Swaziland against Sipho Gumedze and Vincent Ncongwane for their advocacy at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Freedom House issued the following statement:
 
"Remarks by the Swazi prime minister, Barnabas Dlamini, that Swazi citizens should 'strangle' two human rights activists when they return from the United States, are the latest example of the government's blatant disregard for the fundamental right of freedom of speech and for rule of law," said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs at Freedom House.
 
The prime minster blamed Gumedze and Ncongwane for undermining the ability of Swaziland to regain its eligibility under the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA). Swaziland's agreement under AGOA was terminated when the country failed to comply with certain democracy and human rights benchmarks.
 
Swaziland is rated as Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014 and Freedom of the Press 2014.

To learn more, visit:
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