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    Africa Contact: Open Letter on the present situation in Swaziland August 31, 2008 African Union (AU) Southern African Development Community (SADC) Commonwealth
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      Africa Contact: Open Letter on the present situation in Swaziland
      August 31, 2008


      African Union (AU)

      Southern African Development Community (SADC)

      Commonwealth of Nations

      European Union

      Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF)

      International press and media



      Internationally, the royal disregard for fundamental democratic
      rights has been ignored. The election of King Mswati as the
      Chairperson of the SADC Organ on politics, defence and security,
      which is responsible for the defence of democracy in the region, is
      absolutely unacceptable.

      Royal governance has been no less than a catastrophe for its people.

      The Swazi regime is spending an extreme level of resources on the
      coming 40/40 celebrations, the royal birthday and so-called
      independence day. Royal independence has created a state of
      oppression and inequality that is unacceptable, a state of hunger and
      a mortality of the people that is deeply tragic.

      Women have marched to government offices in Mbabane, angered by the
      abuse and corruption of the royal regime. Again and again, the
      Swaziland rulers have harassed the democratic movement, trade unions
      leaders and representatives of the democratic movement.

      There is no other way than to demand:

      - Lifting of the royal ban on multiparty politics and the right to
      participate in public institutions. A ban created by royal
      proclamation to the nation in 1973 and continuing in the constitution
      introduced in 2005.

      - The right to return of all political fugitives. There are many who
      remain in exile for fear of persecution by the state.

      - A representative national convention creating a democratic
      constitution which will be a true representation of the people of
      Swaziland, of their needs and their future.

      - An end to the corruption and greed of a royal family and a ruling
      minority that is a deep threat to the future of Swazi society.

      There is no other way. Africa Contact (Denmark) has for years
      supported the democratic movement in Swaziland. Also with the hope
      that it could achieve its goal through peaceful means, but such a
      hope seems deeply threatened now in a time of permanent crisis.


      Executive Committee

      Africa Contact

      Copenhagen / Denmark

      --
      Patrick Mac Manus
      Midgaardsgade 13, 3. th.
      2200 KĂžbenhavn / Copenhagen N
      +45 22 45 41 78

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