Swaziland cracks down on private school operators

Swaziland cracks down on private school operators

Authorities in Swaziland are cracking down on private schools, with at least 21 of them declared illegal and closed because of failure to comply with ministry of education requirements. “You cannot just wake up today and decide to operate a school. There are set standards that must be met,” said…

SADC begins sending peacekeepers to Lesotho ahead of Nov. 1 deadline

SADC begins sending peacekeepers to Lesotho ahead of Nov. 1 deadline

Peacekeeping troops are headed for Lesotho ahead of a November 1 deadline set by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for a 1,000-strong force to assist in stabilizing the small kingdom. The SADC peacekeepers include 250 members of the Namibian Defence Force, according to the country’s international relations minister. Netumbo…

Swazi nurses to strike over widespread drug shortages

Nurses in Swaziland planned a strike on Friday to call attention to drug shortages they say are compromising patient care, including those who need HIV treatment. The nurses plan to march the streets of Mbabane and deliver a petition to Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini to force the government to listen…

Botswana: 5.0-magnitude aftershock rattles region hit by quake

An aftershock earthquake that measured 5.0 magnitude on the Richter scale hit Botswana shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The United States Geological Survey (USGS) also measured the quake at a 5.0 magnitude, with an epicenter in the same location as Monday night’s…

Botswana 6.5-magnitude quake shakes at least 8 African countries

The strong earthquake that hit Botswana on Monday night registered at a 6.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The quake struck shortly before 8 p.m. near Moiyabana in the rural east-central Ghanzi region of the country. The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC)…

Swaziland court ruling on Terror Act opens door to reforms

Democracy and human rights activists say they welcome a Swaziland court decision to declare the Suppression of Terror Act unconstitutional. Earlier this week, the country’s High Court ruled against a ban that opponents have long argued is misused to protected King Mswati from opposition challenges, and prevents political and social…

Swaziland stands at the human rights precipice

The next several days in Swaziland — Africa’s last absolute monarchy — will be paramount to determining the prospects for a semblance of democracy and the protection of basic human rights in this little known country of 1.2 million people. Starting today, Swaziland’s High Court will hear a constitutional challenge…

Jeffery Smith

Jeffrey Smith is an Africa specialist at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Follow him on Twitter at @Smith_RFKennedy.