SWAZIS present petition to 10 Downing Street
Exiled SWAZIS are presenting a petition to 10 Downing Street in an attempt to ensure that the Commonwealth take action against KING MSWATI III to allow for democracy and respect of human rights in Swaziland.
A letter accompanying the petition thanks David Cameron for his recent promise to push for democracy in Swaziland.
The petition reads: ‘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'
The petition has been signed in the past 3 years by more than 10,000 people from all over the world who have passed by the Swazi Vigil, which has been held outside the Swaziland High Commission in London every Saturday for the past 5 years in protest at human rights abuses.
The Vigil fears that King Mswati III will continue to imprison, torture and kill activists in Swaziland if there is no democracy.
Before the petition is handed over, the Vigil and supporters of the Swazi vigil will demonstrate outside 10 Downing street, with the singing and drumming.
Date: Saturday 12th December from 10:00am - 1:00pm
Venues: 20 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1 E6LB
Timetable: 10:00am - 1:00pm – meet outside the Swaziland High Commission
2:30 – move to 10 Downing Street
3:00pm – Vigil Petition handed in to 10 Downing Street
3:30pm end
Contacts: Thobile Gwebu +44 78 7316 4482
Veli Mamba +44 79 6062 2878
Lodiwe Ndwandwe +44 75 1727 4324
From: The Swaziland Vigil UK Office