Textile Protest – Police Fire Guns
Police in Swaziland fired guns and teargas at workers engaged in a legitimate protest against employment conditions.
According to different local newspaper reports between 2,000 and 3,000 workers at the Zheng Yong Garment factory in Nhlangano had a confrontation with the company’s security guards.
According to the Swazi Observer newspaper one of the workers was ‘assaulted heavily by the guards’ which led to workers throwing missiles.
Report Tells UN of Rights Abuses
Lawyers in Swaziland and an international human rights group have jointly called for judicial persecution, harassment and intimidation of members of civil society organisations in the kingdom to end.
In a submission to the United Nations they also call for restrictions on freedom of assembly to be lifted.