Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 25th March 2015.

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Photo of Lord Lea of Crondall Lord Lea of Crondall Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the case for the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group to examine the ability of political parties to operate freely in Swaziland and for members elected as representatives of political parties to represent voters in Parliament, in line with the Commonwealth Charter.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

We remain concerned about the lack of progress towards inclusive democracy and the deteriorating human rights situation in Swaziland. The UK is not a member of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), but we continue to encourage all members of the Commonwealth, including members of CMAG, to ensure adherence to commitments made in the Commonwealth Charter. We also support the work of the Commonwealth’s Special Envoy to Swaziland, former Malawian President Bakili Muluzi, to promote democratic reform and political freedom in Swaziland.

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