In the panel:
Manqoba Nxumalo, student at NMBU, President of the Ubuntu African Students Association, a human rights activist and journalist who has written extensively about Swaziland
Bheki Dlamini, exiled former Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO) President. Wrote his master thesis at the University in Bergen about democratization in Swaziland and the role of external actors
Morten Nielsen, Head of Secretariat and Campaigns & communication for Global Aktion in Denmark. Global Aktion has had partnerships with different parts of the democracy movement in Swaziland for 15 years and Nielsen first visited the country in 1986
Moderator will be Michell Mpike, from South Africa, who is the founder of Inklusive Books, an Oslo based publishing house. She is also a researcher of social and education policy, as well as a trained facilitator
The event is open and free to all!
Swaziland: What is happening in Africa's last absolute monarchy?
Africa's last absolute monarchy ruled by King Mswati III since 1986 celebrates 51 years of independence this year. 38% of the population in Swaziland is living in extreme poverty (World Bank). The country has also continued to repress political dissent and disregard human rights and rule of law. What is going on in Swaziland?
According to Human Rights Watch, political parties in the country have been banned since 1973 and the independence of the judiciary is severely compromised. What role do the civil society and the labour movement play in this regard? Is there a growing resistance within the country and what is the importance of the international community in amplifying the voices of democracy in Swaziland?
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