COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION / INTEGRITY
THE KILLING AND INJURY OF CIVILIANS IN ESWATINI
The Commission on Human Rights and Public Administration/Integrity (CHRPA) is deeply saddened and outraged by reports of the killing and injury of civilians during the escalated violence in the last few days in the kingdom.
As of the 5th July 2021, government confirmed deaths to be at least 27 citizens and injuries unconfirmed. However, other reports although not yet verified place the numbers of fatalities way beyond these figures. There is therefore a need to continue close monitoring of the situation including those injured to ensure accuracy.
The Commission in the strongest terms condemns the excessive use of force, torture and other unlawful means as a measure to restore law and order. The Country is obligated to uphold the rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights and is urged to act in accordance with its obligations under regional and international law especially during these times.
The right to life and dignity remain sacrosanct even during times of conflict and it remains the responsibility of the state to protect and promote these rights. The Commission calls upon the government to take all necessary steps to get and disseminate factual information on the situation and to ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.
The Commission as per its mandate will conduct its independent assessment and investigations on the situation and encourages citizens to report or share all relevant information that may shed light on the facts and assist in bringing justice to those adversely affected. More details on the interventions will be shared in by the Commission on the relevant platforms.
The Commission would like to express deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims. We hope that they find strength and healing. We anticipate that the nation will find its resilience and find a way to engage in a healthy dialogue on the issues of concern.
The Commission remains committed to its Constitutional mandate and will continue to monitor the situation and to contribute towards facilitating healthy dialogue and finding sustainable solutions that will ensure that the country is not faced with such an experience in the future.
Statement released by Commissioner on 7 July 2021.
Sabelo M. Masuku
Wed, 07 Jul 2021