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Prospects for Democratic Reform in Swaziland

23 March 2015 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Chatham House, London


Vincent Ncongwane, Secretary General, Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA)
Chair: Owen Tudor, Head of European Union and International Relations, Trades Union Congress (TUC)



Swaziland remains one of the few absolute monarchies in the world, but opposition voices are growing louder. The government and monarchy are coming under sustained pressure for democratic reform towards inclusive governance. Swaziland’s trade unions are among the most vocal actors and some have been deregistered and outlawed as a result of their protests. 

Vincent Ncongwane, secretary general of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA), will discuss the priorities and approach of the opposition movement in Swaziland, and highlight the role the international community can play in supporting democratic reform.