Maxwell Dlamini

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Maxwell Dlamini

Maxwell Dlamini is the Secretary General of the Swaziland Youth Congress and the former President of the Swaziland National Union of Students. During the so-called "April 12 Swazi Uprising" in April 2011, he and fellow activist Musa Ngubeni were arrested on charges of possession of explosives under Sections 8 and 9 of Swaziland’s Explosives Act 4 of 1961.[1][2][3][4][5] They were both allegedly tortured and were subsequently refused bail. They were imprisoned at the Manzini Remand Centre.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

An international campaign for their release was initiated by Danish NGO Africa Contact, British NGO ACTSA, and the British National Union of Students.[14][15][16][17][18]

Maxwell Dlamini was nominated for the 2013 Student Peace Prize in November 2011,[19][20][21][22][23] and the 2012 Frontline Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk in January 2012.[24][25] In 2013, he received the All-Africa Students' Union's 2013 Student Activist Award, for ”the role he has played in Swazi and African students' movements.”[26]

Maxwell Dlamini and Musa Ngubeni were granted bail on 20 December 2011. Bail was set at 50 000 Rand, by far the highest bail ever in the history of Swazi law.[27][28][29][30]

Maxwell Dlamini was released on bail on 3 February 2011. The bail money was collected by his father, Nimrod Dlamini, and local and international solidarity movements.[31][32][33]

Maxwell Dlamini was arrested on 23 April 2013 in connection with a SWAYOCO rally which was held on the 19th of April in Mbabane. Maxwell was charged with two counts of sedition.[34]

He was released on bail for a second time on 5 June 2013,[35] but re-arrested on 1 May 2014, allegedly for criticising Swaziland's government and king in a speech.[36]

Maxwell Dlamini was acquitted of the 2011 charges of contravening Swaziland’s Explosives Act on September 4, 2014, but is still remanded and has to face charges for the two other charges of sedition (for allegedly arranging a boycott campaign during the 2013 Swazi elections)and terrorism (for allegedly criticising the Swazi government and king).[37]

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  1. ^ Pambazuka - Swaziland: uprising in the slip-stream of North Africa
  2. ^ The Swazi Observer
  3. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/News/27777.html
  4. ^ Arrests and heavy security prevent new Swazi protests - Sowetan LIVE
  5. ^ a b Cribsheet 26.05.11 | Education | guardian.co.uk
  6. ^ Two Swazi activists charged
  7. ^ Studenterledere tortureret i Swaziland
  8. ^ Swaziland torturerer 21-ĂĽrig studenterleder
  9. ^ Swazi student leader tortured, framed « National « ZimEye
  10. ^ Swazi Media Commentary: SSN CONDEMNS STUDENTS’ TORTURE
  11. ^ Welcome to the Congress of South African Trade Unions website
  12. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/News/28306.html
  13. ^ Swazi activists denied bail | The New Age Online
  14. ^ Maxwell Dlamini supporters launch campaign to free him | Education | guardian.co.uk
  15. ^ freemaxwelldlamini
  16. ^ Petition: Office of King Mswati III: Release political prisoner, president of Swaziland's NUS, Maxwell Dlamini | Change.org
  17. ^ Free Maxwell Dlamini - President of Swaziland NUS
  18. ^ Swaziland
  19. ^ The Student Peace Prize
  20. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/News/34695.html
  21. ^ Cribsheet 17.11.11 | Education | guardian.co.uk
  22. ^ FĂŚngslet student i Swaziland nomineret til fredspris
  23. ^ Pambazuka - Swazi student leader nominated for student peace prize
  24. ^ http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/rights/79507
  25. ^ http://www.newstimeafrica.com/archives/24075
  26. ^ http://www.afrika.dk/maxwell-gets-student-activist-award
  27. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/News/35907.html
  28. ^ Maxwell Dlamini granted bail – at a massive 50 000 Rand « Stiff Kitten's Blog – development & socio-political issues
  29. ^ Swaziland Commentary: DONATIONS WANTED TO PAY BAIL
  30. ^ Swaziland Commentary: BANK DETAILS FOR BAIL FUND
  31. ^ http://www.newstimeafrica.com/archives/24183
  32. ^ http://wires.univision.com/english/article/2012-02-03/swaziland-student-leader-released-on?refPath=/dinero/
  33. ^ http://www.africandictator.org/?p=7104&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=release-on-e5000-bail-of-swazi-student-leader-maxwell-dlamini
  34. ^ http://www.afrika.dk/maxwell-arrested-again
  35. ^ http://www.afrika.dk/maxwell-out-bail-%E2%80%A6-again
  36. ^ http://www.afrika.dk/article/charged-terrorism-shouting-%E2%80%9Cviva-pudemo%E2%80%9D-0
  37. ^ http://www.afrika.dk/article/maxwell-freed-musa-found-guilty

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