For those aiming to promote democracy around the globe, Mandela’s life holds invaluable lessons for current and future struggles for freedom. He is renowned for his principled opposition to a racist and undemocratic regime in South Africa, but his cause was also the cause of all people who seek to uphold the universal principles of liberty and equality, anywhere in the world.
Freedom House condemns the unlawful arrests and detentions carried out by police against University of Swaziland students as well as farmers in Swaziland’s Vuvulane area. The government of Swaziland should immediately end these violations of Swazi citizens’ basic freedoms.
A new Freedom House report, Swaziland: A Failed Feudal State, documents the damage done to the lives of ordinary Swazis, the economy, and the state institutions through a combination of the royal family’s greed and the monarch’s insistence on putting himself above the law.
Freedom House is alarmed by Swaziland’s crackdown against labor advocates and the arrest of former South African Cabinet Minister Jay Naidoo. Freedom House condemns this blatant violation of basic rights and calls on the government of Swaziland to respect the rights to freedom of assembly and association as enshrined in the 2005 constitution, and to end its sustained repression pro-democracy voices that has continued for over two years since a violent crackdown by authorities in April 2011.
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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