King Mswati invites public input on eSwatini’s new PM

King Mswati invites public input on eSwatini’s new PM

The Kingdom of eSwatini was abuzz Thursday as King Mswati III departed from historical precedent – at least on paper – and invited the southern African monarchy’s citizens to help choose a new prime minister. The king began a traditional “people’s parliament” known as Sibaya, held at the Ludzidzini Royal…

Amnesty report looks at forced evictions in eSwatini

Amnesty report looks at forced evictions in eSwatini

A new report from the Amnesty International NGO focuses on forced evictions in eSwatini, where hundreds of people have been left homeless by land policies controlled by Swazi elites. The report looks at two cases that capture the impacts of eSwatini’s land governance system, which keeps most land held in…

Taiwan’s leader arrives for controversial Swaziland visit

The leader of Taiwan arrived in Swaziland on Tuesday for a controversial four-day official visit that coincides with the 50th anniversary of independence celebrations in the southern African kingdom. Tsai Ing-wen and her delegation were greeted by King Mswati III, who then hosted a state dinner for his guests. Swaziland…

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.