Times of Eswatini
LIST OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RESOLUTIONS:
1. Strongly condemns the killing of Thulani Maseko;
2. Calls for a prompt, independent, impartial, transparent and thorough investigation, under the auspices of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the UN, into the attacks against other pro-democracy and human rights activists and the alleged recruitment of mercenaries to help security forces repress opposition.
3. Condemns the widespread human rights violations in Eswatini and calls for the immediate release of all political prisoners– particularly MPs Mthandeni Dube and Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza –and an immediate end to the harassment, violence and pressure exercised against human rights defenders, trade unionists, pro- democracy activists and politicians.
4. Urges the authorities in Eswatini to respect, promote and protect human rights, including the freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly and to allow the people of Es wat in ito exercise their civil and political rights.
5. Considers the imprisonment of politicians and human rights defenders and the banning of trade unions to be clear contraventions of Eswatini’s commitments under the Cotonou Agreement; stresses that the country’s authorities must respect the principles of the International Labour Organisation. 6. Urges the authorities of Eswatini to respect their commitments and launch, without delay, a comprehensive dialogue with all affected stakeholders to work towards national reconciliation and the protection of human rights, the rule of law and democracy, with the ultimate goal of lasting peace, mediated and supported by the Southern African Development Community.
7. Calls for the EU to review and, where applicable, suspend support pr ogrammes f or Eswatini where funds risk being used for activities that violate human rights.
8. Instructs its president to forward this resolution to the Kingdom of Es wat in ia nd to all relevant stakeholders and institutions.