Stort fremskridt for Swazilands demokratibevægelse

Stort fremskridt for Swazilands demokratibevægelse

Skrevet af Lise Thorsen, medlem af Socialdemokratiets internationale udvalg. Afrikas sidste enevældige kongedømme, Swaziland, har taget et afgørende skridt mod mere demokrati. Partiet SWADEPA (Swazi Democratic Party) afholdte sin første kongres nogensinde den 25. – 26. august i Manzini, Swaziland. Det er første gang siden 1973 at en partipolitisk kongres er blevet afholdt i landet. […]

To friends and partners of DIPD

To friends and partners of DIPD

Dear friends and partners of DIPD. Among many inspiring events during 2016, we would like to mention a few highlight: Danish youth politicians visited Myanmar; two regional Women in Politics seminars in Myanmar and Nepal; politicians from Danish municipalities conducted trainings in Kathmandu; party representatives from Palestine, Swaziland, Bhutan, Tanzania and Bolivia visited Denmark. However, […]

The battle for democracy in the kingdom of Swaziland continues

The battle for democracy in the kingdom of Swaziland continues

One of the Social Democratic Party’s most progressive international collaborations is our DIPD-financed partnership with the social democratic party ‘SWADEPA’ in Swaziland. Although the party is only five years old, it has already become an influential force in Swaziland. This story is written by Charlotte Van Dorn Bernhard, International Intern at the Social Democratic Party, […]

Youth sets the agenda at first Youth People’s Meeting

Youth sets the agenda at first Youth People’s Meeting

On 8 and 9 September 2016, the first ever edition of the Youth People’s Meeting has seen more than 20.000 young people gather for cross-political debates and democratic participation in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Social Democrats and the Social-Liberal Party also welcomed youth delegations from Swaziland and Tanzania to this democratic festival. In June 2016, the […]

The dialogue that disappeared

The dialogue that disappeared

In September, there were high hopes in some parts of Swaziland’s civil society and democratic movement that a dialogue with the county’s absolute monarch King Mswati III was on the table. Not least because of pressure from the Commonwealth, the USA and the EU. Three months later no such meeting has taken place and that […]

Absolute monarch to discuss democratic reforms

Absolute monarch to discuss democratic reforms

By Peter Kenworthy, Simon Redder Thomsen and Mathias Parsbæk Skibdal Swaziland has been an absolute monarchy for decades and both local and international organisations have long called for democratic reforms. After intense pressure from the country’s democratic movement and internationally, King Mswati III is now opening up. For the first time during his 29-year long […]