Civil Society Demands Release of Jailed eSwatini Activists

Ahead of eSwatini's 55th Independence Day on September 6, global civil society alliance CIVICUS and the eSwatini rights organisation Foundation for Socio Economic Justice has called on the country's authorities to immediately release from prison pro-democracy activists Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube.

Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, who have been held for almost two years in arbitrary detention, were found guilty of terrorism, sedition and murder. The two were arrested on July 25, 2021 and face over 20 years in jail for representing their constituencies and calling for political and human rights reforms in the country. While in detention, they have been beaten and denied access to their lawyer and medical care. Rights body Amnesty International has called for their unconditional release.


eSwatini protest (file photo).

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