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Swazi activists decry terrorism law – report

20 November 2013, 18:09

Cape Town – Rights groups in Swaziland have called for the amendment of a terrorism law that they say is aimed at silencing the opposition, according to a report.

Voice of America said activists expressed concern over at least 15 arrests made under the Suppression of Terrorism Act in the last two months, saying detainees had been beaten and given death threats.

Some of those detained were accused of passing out political pamphlets.

The groups said there was need to amend the act in order to open up freedom of expression.

Swaziland is technically a democracy, though political parties are banned and the king is the top executive who rules for life. 

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