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Govt urged to put more support for human rights promotion


CANGO Secretariat 2018-12-11

Her Excellency Esmeralda Hernandez Aragones, the EU Ambassador Eswatini has urged the government of the Kingdom of Eswatini to support human rights defending institutions for them to be able to effectively discharge their duties to defend, uphold and promote human rights.

“Institutions like the Commission on Human Rights and Public Administration, Parliament and the Anti-corruption Commission play an important role in defending these rights and therefore need to be strengthened,” she said.

Hernandez Aragones was one of the main speakers in the High-Level Human Rights Day Commemoration breakfast meeting held at the Happy Valley on 10 December 2018 under the theme, #StandUp4HumanRights, 50 years of Human Rights in the Kingdom of Eswatini. The event was funded by the EU.

In his remarks, the Chairperson of the Human Rights and Administration/Integrity Commission Sabelo Masuku said that the Commission is overcome by complaints because of lack of adequate funding “which would be simply remedied if the Constitutional legislative provision and relevant policies are implemented.”

“We still have a number of complaints emanating from violations of the right to property, fair hearing and general poor service delivery by those with the duty to ensure the enjoyment of human rights. This is clear indication that the constitutional provision, policies are not fully implemented,” he said.

“As such when called upon to remedy violations of human rights, the intervention is inordinately delayed and public confidence is then eroded and the justifiability of human rights becomes imaginary and a dream far from realization.”

The Commission is mandated to ensure that the people of eSwatini’s basic rights are protected from being violated either by duty-bearers including the government and third parties.

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