Students across Northern Ireland and throughout these islands are free to assemble in their student unions without fear of arrest for sedition. Sadly, this is not so in the case of students in Swaziland.
Former President of the Swaziland National Union of Students, now the Secretary General of the Swaziland Youth Congrees, Maxwell Diamini has been detained, tortured, and forced by Swaziland’s regime to sign a confession that says he was in possession of explosives during the April 12 Swazi Uprising in 2011 – a movement inspired by similar uprisings in North Africa and The Middle East.
He has since been released on bail due to international pressure from the change.org campaign and others, but was arrested again on charges of sedition for allegedly organising a peaceful rally on April 23 2013.
The Free Maxwell Dlamini Campaign, together with the people and organisations that support the campaign – demand that Maxwell Dlamini is released unconditionally and that any and all wrongdoings committed by Swaziland’s police forces and security forces towards Maxwell Dlamini and other members of Swaziland’s democratic movement are investigated, and that any perpetrators are brought before a court of law.
NUS, Action for Southern Africa and The Free Maxwell Dlamini Campaign, a coalition of Swazis and international groups, are demanding that Maxwell Dlamini is released unconditionally with immediate effect.
NUS is asking students to do three things:
- Sign the change.org petition petition here
- Write to the Swazi High Commissioner in the UK and your local MP
- Send an email, a video or any message of solidarity to Maxwell via NUS to firstname.lastname@example.org
Swaziland High Commission
20 Buckingham Gate