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Until 2018, Eswatini was known internationally as Swaziland.

1.2 million people
3,300 USD GNI (PPP)
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Freedom House calls on authorities in Swaziland to refrain from unlawfully evicting a community of more than 150 people living in Malkerns who are in danger of losing homes land that they have occupied since the 1950’s.

In the latest act of increasing state repression, Swazi police rounded up and detained the five leaders of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) without any legal basis or court order supporting their actions. Freedom House calls once again on the government of the Kingdom of Swaziland to end these attacks on the constitutional rights of its citizens  and to allow civil society groups to associate and assemble peacefully.

The recent sentencing of a prominent journalist in Swaziland is a blatant disregard for the constitutionally protected right to freedom of expression and is emblematic of King Mswati’s autocratic rule. Freedom House calls upon the government of Swaziland to withdraw all charges against Bheki Makhubu and stop its continued attack on its citizens’ political rights and civil liberties.

On the 40th anniversary of dictatorial rule in Swaziland, Freedom House calls upon the government of King Mswati to work with citizens to transform the political system into one that is credibly democratic.


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Freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa 2007

Freedom House released an analysis of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa showing that the region has experienced notable increases in freedom over the past generation, although more setbacks than gains were seen in 2006.


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