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Research into human and trade union rights violations in eSwatini  

TUC Aid project
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Project summary

Research into human and trade union rights violations in eSwatini  (formerly Swaziland)

Project budget: £4,122

This is a research-based project developed in collaboration with the national trade union centre TUCOSWA, ITUC-Africa and ITUC. The purpose of the research is to inform members of the Commonwealth about eSwatini’s failure to promote democratic reforms and protect human and trade union rights. 

Project activities

The research will use a combination of desktop and qualitative research methods. It will draw on a range of existing, credible research and reports to examine if core values and principles in the Commonwealth Charter have been violated in eSwatini. These core principles and values from the Charter include:

  • Democracy
  • Human rights
  • Tolerance, respect and understanding
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Separation of Powers
  • Rule of Law
  • Good Governance
  • Sustainable development
  • Gender Equality
  • The Role of Civil Society

The qualitative element of the research includes interviews with leading trade unionists and human rights defenders in eSwatini who are involved in the struggle for democracy. Advocacy opportunities are being identified.

Project progress (March 2021)

Research is near completion and advocacy opportunities are in the process of being identified.

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