Swaziland is the smallest country on the continent of Africa and is landlocked with borders to South Africa and Mozambique. It is widely recognized as an absolute monarchy and a nonparty state where executive authority lies with King Mswati III as the head of state, governing with his Advisory Council (Liqoqo) and traditional advisers. It is the only country in the Southern African Development Community that excludes political parties from participation in elections and representation in elective state structures.

International human rights observers criticize Swaziland for its human rights record. Freedom House is one of many human rights observer groups to label the kingdom not free. In the context of a kingdom that allows few human rights, it is not surprising that media are severely restricted ...

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