Fifteen years after they first came to Mauritius, "guest workers" from China, India and Bangladesh still face resistance to their efforts to improve the difficult conditions they live and work under. Some 30,000 foreign workers, more than half of them women, are working in Mauritius.

Gemma's sexual orientation goes against norms and values imposed by society. In the eyes of her parents and society, she must be either depraved or mad. The story of two young women takes place in Mauritius, the island that prides itself on having one of the most mature democracies in the region and advertises itself as the island of "sun, sea and sand." That freedom turned to trauma for two young women whose only crime is their passionate love affair.

A few months ago, the average Mauritian might have looked blank if asked what "chikungunya" was. Now, they're probably all too familiar with the term. Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne disease that has swept through islands in the south-western Indian Ocean over recent months. The infection rate in Mauritius is climbing by the day - with health ministry officials putting the number of confirmed cases at 1,322, Thursday.

Lalit, a political party in Mauritius, has been conducting a campaign for “an alternative economy”. As Lalit’s Alain Ah-Vee, Lindsey Collen and Ram Seegobin explain, its just not acceptable that those who own land refuse to produce food for people to eat, while people who want to produce food to eat have no land.

Since 2004, Lalit, the political party we are members of in Mauritius, has been accentuating its campaign for what we call “an alternative economy”. This involves looking at more

On 17 August 2004, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders meeting in Mauritius adopted the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections. "Mauritius Watch" provides a regular, objective and non-partisan assessment of Zimbabwe's compliance with these Principles and Guidelines. In the run-up to the 2005 Parliamentary Elections we note any significant failures to adhere to the SADC standards. This special weekly feature assumes even greater significance as the more