Human rights defenders and political activists in Swaziland were subjected to arbitrary detention, ill-treatment and harassment. Sweeping provisions in anti-terrorism legislation were used to detain and charge political opponents. Torture and incidents of unjustified use of lethal force were reported. Barnabas Dlamini, the Prime Minister, appeared to publicly condone the use of torture, Amnesty International says in its report on events in Swaziland during 2010.
It goes on, ‘The government continued to exclude governance issues from its dialogue with the trade union movement and civil society.’
It adds, ‘Civil society and political activists reported incidents of ill-treatment, house searches and surveillance of communications and meetings. Some planned protests and trade union marches were disrupted during the year, although a large trade union-led march in November proceeded without incident.’
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