Eswatini: Authorities launch brutal assault on human rights with crackdown on dissent

Restrictions to fundamental freedoms in the kingdom of Eswatini have taken a sharp turn towards dissent. The Eswatini government continues to ignore the constitution’s provision on human rights and uses law enforcement and the courts to crush calls for justice and accountability. Although Eswatini amended the 2008 Suppression of Terrorism Act in 2017 and improved provisions for public gatherings in the 2017 Public Order Act, the rights to peaceful assembly, association and expression continue to be restricted.

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