Saturday, January 30th, 2010, sees the launch of the Swaziland Vigil UK which will be campaigning for democracy and the respect of basic human rights in Swaziland.
The land-locked Kingdom of Swaziland has a population of just 1.1 million. This small country is often overlooked despite having Africa’s longest running state of emergency of 35 years.
The people of Swaziland suffer from extreme poverty (70 per cent of the population live on less than $1 a day) and more than 1 in 4 Swazis are living with HIV and AIDS. Swaziland is Africa's only autocratic absolute monarchy. Political parties are banned, political and civic activists are imprisoned, and the judiciary, media and other authoritative bodies are controlled by the monarchy.
There is a gross violation of woman’s rights.
The Swaziland Vigil UK will protest every Saturday from 10.00 to 13.00 until there is respect for human rights and democracy in Swaziland.
Swaziland Vigil UK will have the following petitions available for supports to sign:
A petition to the British government:
Exiled Swazis and supporters urge you to put pressure on the absolute monarch King Mswati III to allow political freedom, freedom of speech, the rule of law, respect for women and affordable AIDS drugs in Swaziland.
A petition to the Commonwealth:
Exiled Swazis and supporters urge you to suspend Swaziland from the Commonwealth until there is democracy and an end to human rights abuses in Swaziland.
Kingdom Of Swaziland High Commission, 20 Buckingham Gate, London, and SW1E 6LB, Nearest Tube St. James Park, Close to Buckingham Palace
10.00 to 13.00
Interview opportunities: Political activists, torture and rape survivors
Further information: Thobile 07746552597, Vincent 07743662046
The situation in Swaziland is worsening by the day. There are several things that you can do to help - you can raise awareness both locally and internationally or you can donate your time and money to help alleviate the suffering of ordinary Swazis.
There are many Swazis currently living in the UK. Can you imagine the message that would be sent out if just one percent of that number joined us outside the Swaziland High Commission every Saturday? The most important thing you can do to help Swaziland is to start getting involved, there has never been a more important time to stand up and be counted. Your country needs you!
Here are just some of the things you can do -
- Support the vigil – every Saturday outside the Swaziland High Commission (10.00 – 13.00)
- Make donations – The Swaziland Vigil exists entirely on donations from the public and well wishers. If you would like to make a donation please contact the Vigil Co-ordinator by clicking here. Thank you!
- Put pressure on government, EU & UN for stronger action
To find your MP either phone the House of Commons enquiry line on +44 20 7219 4272,
visit www.writetothem.com/ or visit www.locata.co.uk/commons
To find your MEP contact the UK Office of the European Parliament
at 2 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AA
Tel. +44 20 7227 4300
Fax. +44 20 7227 4302.
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