Country Report Swaziland January 2008

The political scene: There is slow progress in establishing commissions

There are signs that the Human Rights Commission, which should have been established within a year of the first meeting of parliament after the con-stitution came into effect, may become a reality with the announcement that the Commonwealth Secretariat has engaged a consultant to work on its estab-lishment (October 2007, The political scene). The commission would monitor and investigate human rights violations and would also act as the body to which officials reported their earnings and liabilities. The Commonwealth Secretariat stated that the best-practice models from similar commissions in the Commonwealth would be applied to Swaziland, and that the government was giving the initiative its full support.

In another development, three applicants from outside Swaziland have been short-listed for the position of head of the Anti-Corruption Commission, which was established in 2006 (but which is not yet operational). In October it was reported that the commissioner and two deputies would be appointed in time for the Commission to become fully operational early in 2008. However, no appointments have yet been made and, with government decision-making on hold as a result of King Mswati III being in his annual seclusion, no developments can be expected until 2008.

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