Swaziland must end excessive use of force and withdraw charges against human rights defenders

Index Number: AFR 55/4887/2016

Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Swaziland. Women and young girls experiencing gender-based violence in Swaziland have few remedies available to them under domestic law. Amnesty International therefore welcomes Swaziland’s commitment to enact the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Bill and ensure that existing legislation is bought into conformity with obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. The organization urges Swaziland to publicly commit to a time-frame within which this will be accomplished.

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