NEW YORK, United States of America, October 18, 2021 / APO Group / –
The Secretary–General is following with concern the developments underway in Eswatini, including the recent deployment of armed security forces to various schools, reports of excessive use of force in response to student protests and the indefinite closure of ‘schools. It negatively affects children and young people.
The Secretary-General reiterates the importance of enabling the people of Eswatini to exercise their civil and political rights peacefully. It urges the Government to ensure that the security forces act in accordance with relevant international human rights standards, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Secretary-General condemns all acts of violence and urges all parties and the media to refrain from all disinformation, hate speech and incitement.
The United Nations remains committed to working with the Government and people of Eswatini, as well as with all partners, to achieve a peaceful settlement.
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